Anthem Blue Cross Hacked, Affecting Millions
The health insurance company is working with the FBI to come to a solution
- By Matt Holden
- Feb 05, 2015
Anthem Blue Cross announced that hackers have obtained personal information on millions of its health insurance customers, including the CEO, Joseph R. Swedish.
According to reports, hackers got the names, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and employment data, including income, of current and former members.
Anthem said in a statement that it doesn’t believe diagnosis or treatment records were obtained, nor were credit card numbers.
The database that was breached may have had up to as many as 80 million customers in it.
Anthem said it has contacted the FBI and hired a cybersecurity firm, and is notifying customers whose records were obtained by the hackers.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.