USAFE alerts Airmen of possible information exposure

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- A contractor's computer server containing personal information, including names and sponsor social security numbers, was found to have inadequate security during a routine inspection.

The server was used to process data from USAFE hospitals and clinics. The system is no longer in use.

While there is no indication that any of the information has been compromised, recent updates to the DoD Privacy Act require notification for potential or actual loss of personal data.

Approximately eight percent of patients who received health care from USAFE medical facilities in the past two years had personal information on the server.

"Initial evaluation does not indicate any unauthorized access or loss of data," said Col. Mark Ediger, USAFE Command Surgeon. "However, to ensure the integrity of our Airmen's personal information, we are informing those individuals who were on that system and advising them of precautionary measures against potential identity fraud."

USAFE is notifying patients whose personal information was on the system. To learn more about identity theft, individuals should visit www.consumer.gov/idtheft or check with the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.