JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (AP) _ A contractor at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida e-mailed himself about 27,000 Social Security numbers from a company database, the company said Thursday.

The company said it didn't know of any misuse of the data, which had been collected for identification badges and belonged to current and former employees, vendors and contractors.

``We don't believe it went any further than his home computer,'' company spokeswoman Lisa Acheson Luther said. The company declined to name the contractor, saying the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI were investigating. A call to the U.S. Attorney's Office was not immediately returned.

The company learned about the computer breach after a computer signaled that inappropriate information had been transferred less than a day earlier.

It was Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's second disclosure of personal information in six months. In August, it mailed letters to 194 long-term care policy holders using labels that included the recipients' Social Security numbers.


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