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Wed Feb 4, 2015, 10:41 PM

Health-Insurer Anthem Hit by Hackers (80 million people)

Source: Wall Street Journal

Anthem Inc., the country’s second-biggest health insurer, said hackers broke into a database containing personal information for about 80 million of its customers and employees in what is likely to be the largest data breach disclosed by a health-care company.

Investigators are still determining the extent of the incursion, which was discovered last week, and Anthem said it is likely that “tens of millions” of records were stolen. The health insurer said the breach exposed names, birthdays, addresses and Social Security numbers but doesn’t appear to involve medical information or financial details such as credit-card or bank-account numbers, nor are there signs the data are being sold on the black market.

Anthem, which offers Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in California, New York and other states, said it doesn’t know precisely how many people may be affected. So far, it appears that the attack detected last week is the only breach of Anthem’s systems, and it isn’t yet clear how the hackers were able to obtain the identification information needed to access the database said Thomas Miller, the insurer’s chief information officer.

The insurer said it would reach out to everyone whose information was stored in the hacked database with a letter and, where possible, email. It is also setting up an informational website and will offer to provide a credit-monitoring service.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/health-insurer-anthem-hit-by-hackers-1423103720

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Newsjock Feb 2015 OP
hedgehog Feb 2015 #1
IronLionZion Feb 2015 #2
hedgehog Feb 2015 #4
Tempest Feb 2015 #3
Overseas Feb 2015 #5
adigal Feb 2015 #6

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 02:21 AM

1. While the rest of us struggle to remember this month's 23 letter password

with Capital letters, lower case, numbers and special characters, most of these hacking incidents involve an employee using his/her authorized access.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 07:44 AM

2. Those ridiculous passwords are tough for humans to remember and easy for machines to guess



Some places are changing this requirement towards longer but easier phrases or two factor authentication using an on screen keyboard or cell phone text message.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 10:06 AM

4. I have trouble with the fingerprint identifications -

the ridges on my fingers are almost gone!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 08:36 AM

3. I hope they go after Nationwide

After the SC ruled against a nursing mother who they fired.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 10:25 AM

5. K&R. Sorry to hear that. Glad they are offering credit monitoring.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Fri Feb 6, 2015, 01:42 PM

6. Just found out we were hacked...Empire Blue Cross

 

And my employer is totally clueless.

I called the credit unions and put a Fraud Alert out on my social security and going to do it for my entire family.

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