Anthem Insurance Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers, Income Data and Other Sensitive Personal Information of Millions of Customers and Employees’

By on February 5, 2015

Health insurance giant, Anthem Inc., announced that its database containing 80 million records of customer and employee personal information was breached by hackers.

According to Anthem, the personal information exposed by the breach included:

  • names
  • birthdays,
  • medical IDs,
  • Social Security numbers,
  • street addresses,
  • e-mail addresses and
  • employment information, including income data

Thomas Miller, Anthem’s Chief Information Officer, reported that the company reported the breach to consumers and the FBI and then reset the passwords for all of its employees with higher-level data access. Anthem, formerly known as WellPoint, offers Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in California, New York and other states.

The Anthem incident follows data breaches at other major corporations including JP Morgan, Home Depot, and Target.

Since the breached data includes names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, according to CNBC, the Anthem victims will need to continue to be on guard against fraud for the remainder of their lives.

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