The personal financial information of 850,000 health care professionals was compromised when a laptop was stolen in late August from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

The insurer said it discovered Sept. 2 that a laptop had been stolen Aug. 25 in the Chicago area. It delayed notifying the affected people so that it could assign credit-monitoring codes to the providers, a spokeswoman for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, which licenses the Blue Cross name, told the Hartford Courant for a Tuesday article.

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