80 million patient records breached in Anthem hack

Health insurance giant Anthem reports that it has been the target of a cyberattack exposing tens of millions of customer records. Anthem, until very recently known as WellPoint, the largest of the Blue Cross Blue Shield for-profit managed health care companies, is based in Indianapolis, and operates New York and California as well as in twelve other states. Anthem states that while neither credit card nor medical information was stolen, the information the hackers did make off with is significant and includes names, dates of birth, social security numbers, employer names, and income data. This latest data breach is the largest to date in the healthcare industry, 20 times the size of the most significant previous breach. Anthem has hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant to assist it in determining exactly what happened and how to improve security for the future. Anthem will be offering services for credit monitoring and identity protection free of charge to affected customers.

See Modern Healthcare article at “Hackers breach Anthem; 80M exposed”

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