Insurance company, Anthem, was the victim of a sophisticated, targeted cyber attack in which hackers accessed personal data of its approximately 80 million members.
As one of the largest medical insurance carriers in the nation, the company is investigating the breach in accordance with the FBI and implementing safeguards to monitor future activity affecting member credit information.
Data accessed includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data. According to Anthem, which includes major Blue Cross and Blue Shield brands, there is currently no evidence that financial or medical information was compromised.
Clients and consumers impacted by the attack are advised to visit AnthemFacts.com to obtain further information about next steps and tips for monitoring personal information.
As a precaution, it is recommended for members to contact one of the three credit reporting bureaus – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion – to place an initial fraud alert on their accounts. This will make it easier to flag any suspicious activity. Members will also receive communication from Anthem directly on credit-monitoring services that will track activity in the near term.
Stay tuned for more information on the Anthem investigation and how victims of this breach – and all consumers – can safeguard against identity theft.