Skip to comments.Massive Data Breach At Health Insurer Anthem Reveals Social Security Numbers And More
Posted on 02/05/2015 5:38:51 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Today, Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in America revealed that hackers broke into the companys servers and stole social security numbers and other personal information. This is a massive data breach with the potential to expose the information of nearly 80 million Anthem customers and has the potential to be the largest health care related data breach in history. The company notes that accounts associated with 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 were all part of the data breach.
In an email the company said:
Anthem Blue Cross was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack. These attackers gained unauthorized access to Anthems IT system and have obtained personal information from our current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data. Based on what we know now, there is no evidence that credit card or medical information (such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes) were targeted or compromised.After discovering the data breach the company contacted law enforcement, and has stated that they are working with the FBI and cooperating in their investigation. Anthem also stated that they have retained cybersecurity firm Mandiant to evaluate their systems.
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Anthem manages the AARP Medigap insurance plans!
It will be interesting to see once they reveal the locations of who made the hack.
It’s a sorry state of affairs in this nation when the first thing I think of is “false flag”...
4 years ago Columbia Presbyterian settled with HHS for $4.8m following the release of 6600 records under HIPAA. At $705/case, this would mean $56.4T fine for this HIPAA violation.
And it's somewhat unlikely that the security work will be off-shored to China or anywhere else.
damn neart real money.
Most of the time somebody bribes an employee for a password. Not really high tech at all.
Hospitals and health insurers maintain "liability" insurance to cover expenses and penalties regarding data breaches. Aside from meeting minimal safeguards required by the insurance underwriters, many entities consider this just a normal cost of doing business and make no great effort to secure their data bases. That costs more money than buying the insurance coverage. Welcome to the brave new world -- all your data are belong to us!
Why do all our activities in life revolve around a number that is held by multiple third parties that are linked to our financial accounts?
I have said for years the cloud is a farce. If you don’t physically control your data it is not your data.
BTW -- the US military is actively moving to put more of their mission critical data in the cloud. But don't worry. They're gonna be super careful. [/s]
80 million people? That’s almost one out of every four Americans, nationwide. And with 0bamacare’s level of cybersecurity, why even bother?
Nothing is secure. Nothing will ever be secure.
Do you have any naked X-rays of your wife? Want to buy some?
So we can be easily controlled by fear.
We are to be reduced to nothing BUT a number.
What would happen if we didn’t have a number?
Are we free and independent?
Yeah...I’ve asked for years why SS# gets used for so many different things....would it be so hard to have an account number??
The next time someone recommends using the internet for voting and doing away with paper ballots share this link with them
What the hell!
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