The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating an extortion threat made against Express Scripts, a medical benefits company. The threat to expose millions of Express Scripts's patient records came in a letter in early October.
The letter contained names, dates of birth,Social Security numbers and, in a few cases, prescription information of 75 patients along with a demand for money. The amount of money desired by the extortionist(s) was not disclosed.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Express Scripts, Inc. is one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in North America. It provides pharmacy benefit management services to thousands of client groups, including managed-care organizations, insurance carriers, employers, third-party administrators, public sector, workers' compensation, and union-sponsored benefit plans, according to a news release related to the incident.
The company says that it is notifying its "members and clients to enable them to take steps to protect themselves from possible identity theft."