At least tens of millions of records held by major health insurer Anthem have been hacked and the company will be offering affected members credit and identity protection services.
The compromised database had records on about 80 million and a forensic investigation continues, but for now the company is comfortable saying that tens of millions were involved. USA Today reports that Anthem itself discovered the breach last week, which is a rarity in large hackings.
The hacking affected all Anthem product lines. Information compromised includes names, birthdates, member IDs, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information including income data, according to Anthem. No evidence yet shows that credit cards or medical information were breached.
Anthems own associates personal informationincluding my ownwas accessed during this security breach, President and CEO Joseph Swedish said in a preliminary statement. 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.
Anthem is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has contracted with cybersecurity firm Mandiant to evaluate its information systems.
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