Warning Issued After Insurance Company Data Breach

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa insurance officials are urging customer of one of the nation’s biggest health insurers to be watchful.

This week Anthem Incorporated announced it is the victim of a cyber-attack. It’s expected the hack leaked birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, income data, and other information.

Anthem has two companies doing business in the state — Anthem Life Insurance Company and Unicare Life & Health.

Impacted customers will be notified about how to enroll in identity-protection services. Until then, Iowa customers should monitor their financial accounts.

3 comments

  • marcopolish

    Kelly, you are going to have a lot of people ticked off at you, and not in a good way, if you don’t use basic some common sense and finish the story on who those anthem companies are. A lot of people already know that in other parts of the US the companies Anthem owns are Blue Cross/Wellmark. That is one huge proportion of Iowans if they own parts of the same companies in Iowa, very possibly including you.

  • marcopolish

    There is already news about scammers jumping on this and using a very sophisticated looking phony notification, by EMAIL, which Anthem’s statement says it will not do (Anthem says it will use MAIL, i.e., snail mail). Also more news that people whose data they had, maybe via applications, but who did NOT go on to become “customers” had their data kept on a non-secure server for over five years and that this non-secure server was hacked and that customer data taken. So one year of services doesn’t begin to cover the risk, and neither does just covering people who were “customers.” Also, social security and birthdate numbers are enough to steal identity completely, it is not the same as merely losing a credit card number or even an account number and password. So beware. Much more and better information, including a very scary-good phony email notice, is available from Brian Krebs.

  • do ur job

    Anthem had better get the largest fine ever. There has to be some kind of SOX violation for this kind of egregious lack of security or control.

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