Breach Brief – Anthem Incorporated

Published On October 21, 2016 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

anthemIn one of the largest data breaches in corporate history Anthem medical insurers lost the information of more than 80 million customers including the company’s CEO. The information stolen includes names, birthdays, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information and income data.

Anthem is the second-largest health insurer in the United States. The company offers insurance plans that include Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue ShieldAmerigroup and Healthlink.

The company reported it has found no evidence that credit card or medical information was compromised. While damage is still being assessed, the compromised database contained up to 80 million customer records.

Anthem has promised to notify all current and former customers individually if their data has been stolen. The company began the process notifying customers of the breach as early as late Wednesday. Customers affected by the breach will receive free credit monitoring and identity protection services.

In a statement company CEO Joseph Swedish admitted that his information was also lost in the data breach. “Anthem’s own associates’ personal information, including my own, was accessed during this security breach. We join you in your concern and frustration, and I assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can to further secure your data.”

According to the company the breach resulted from a “very sophisticated external cyber attack,” and added that law enforcement agencies were investigating to identify the perpetrator. The company has hired Mandiant, a leading cybersecurity firm, to help in the investigation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that it was aware of the intrusion and was investigating the matter. 

Anthem has created a website for its current and former customers  to get information about the incident at www.AnthemFacts.com. They can also call 877-263-7995.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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