The U.S. Department of Defense is the target of a $4.9 billion lawsuit in response to a recent breach of its TRICARE health care system.

"The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington D.C. this week by four people whose data was allegedly compromised, seeks $1,000 in damages for each of the 4.9 million individuals affected by the breach," writes Computerworld's Jaikumar Vijayan.

"The suit charges TRICARE, the Department and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with failing to adequately protect private data and of 'intentional, willful and reckless disregard' for patient privacy rights," Vijayan writes.

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