Health insurer Anthem was hacked on Wednesday, it was revealed by the company. Apparently, the IT system of one of the largest health insurers in the United States got breached and hackers stole personal information related to former as well as current customers and employees. Anthem has around 40 million U.S. customers, but it wasn’t revealed exactly how much information was stolen.
The number two health insurance in the U.S., Anthem was hacked and they said that the breach did not involve any financial details, such as bank account numbers, credit card details or medical information.
So what exactly got stolen? Anthem said that among the stolen information during the very sophisticated attach, were names, social security numbers, birthdays, street addresses, employment information, income data and email addresses.
As soon as Anthem discovered the information breach, the contacted the FBI and hired a cybersecurity firm called FireEye Inc FEYE to help Anthem investigate the hack and track down the perpetrators.
Even though the company did not report on how many of its clients were affected by the hack, it was suspected that the records of tens of millions of people had been stole. If the estimate is accurate, then this would make it the largest data breach involving a United States health insurer.
Michale McCaul, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Republican from Texas, released a statement on Wednesday, addressing the hack:
This attack is another reminder of the persistent threats we face, and the need for Congress to take aggressive action to remove legal barriers for sharing cyber threat information.
Last August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, revealed that hackers were targeting the healthcare industry companies. The statement was made after U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems Inc. was hacked and millions of patients’ records got stolen.
Anthem stated that it would send an email and letter to everyone whose information was stored in the database that was hacked, to inform them of the breach. The company also set up www.anthemfacts.com an informational site offering answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the hack. Anthem will also provide a credit-monitoring service.
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