With Anthem hacked today, millions of Americans covered by the second largest health insurance company in the nation have had their personal information stolen. As stated by Anthem, since 1 in 9 Americans are affiliated with their health insurance, officials have deemed this as one of the worst of major insurance hacks to date.
As a result of the hack, an excessive amount of personal information was able to be obtained by hackers, such as full names, birthdays, medical identification, social security numbers, e-mail addresses, current and former household addresses, occupation information, and annual financial income. “Anthem’s own associates’ personal information – including my own – was accessed during this security breach,” Anthem’s president and chief executive Joseph R. Swedish announced to the Washington Post. “We join you in your concern and frustration, and I assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can to further secure your data.”
The hack on Anthem has impacted those insured under Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and Decare brands. There is speculation circulating that this incident may be related to other hacks committed during 2014. Last year Target, Chase, and Home Depot were hacked and millions had their personal information stolen.
Taking action on the breach
Although a hack is never convenient, this breach was particularly bad in timing due to The Affordable Care Act 2015 enrollment for health insurance plans ending on February 15. Anthem has taken initiative by contacting the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) as well as hiring Mandiant, a cyber security firm, in order to find a resolution. The FBI reported to The Los Angeles Times,“Anthem’s initial response in promptly notifying [us] after observing suspicious network activity is a model for other companies and organizations facing similar circumstances. Speed matters when notifying law enforcement of an intrusion, as cyber criminals can quickly destroy critical evidence needed to identify those responsible.”
In the meantime, all current Anthem insurers affected by this breach should be expected to be notified by mail. If you feel you have somehow been affected by the Anthem hack, please click here for more information: Anthem Hacked FAQ
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