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Breach Brief – Anthem Incorporated

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.

App of the Week- WageSpot

WageSpotMany will tell you that nothng is more private than money, not even sex. But is the hush-hush attitude about wages and salaries keeping wages low? Are corporations using this situation against the 99%? That’s why WageSpot is the App of the week?

WageSpot allows the user to compare their income to that of others around them. Revealing one’s wages is a radical concept but America has a serious problem when it comes to wage gaps among workers across genders and even between races. It’s common knowledge that women earn less on average than men for the same job. And black men earn less that whites with equal education and qualifications. Why? WageSpot maybe abe to change some things.

Users of WageSpot will be able to see and share their salary information directly with other users. This feature will provide a clearer picture of what the worker should, or could be, earning.  

WageSpot uses data inputted by users that will be filterable by job title, salary, location, gender, job satisfaction, experience, and a number of other determinant factors.

In an email to Fortune.com co-founder Marat Galperin said, “What appealed most to us about the idea of WageSpot was that it was both controversial and compelling. The last American taboo on keeping salary information secret has really helped employers keep salaries down. We strongly believe that bringing transparency into the world of compensation can help turn the tables on employers by empowering employees with useful information. We envision WageSpot becoming a ubiquitous part of any salary discussion and a powerful tool helping level the playing field for all employees.”
WageSpot is free and available on Apple and Android devices.