Health Insurer Anthem Hacked; Patient and Employee Data Apparently Exposed

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Anthem Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer, said Wednesday night that hackers had breached its system and that the personal information of tens of millions of customers and employees was possibly at risk.

“Cyber attackers executed a very sophisticated attack to gain unauthorized access to one of our parent company’s IT system and have obtained personal information relating to consumers and Anthem Blue Cross employees who are currently covered, or who have received coverage in the past,” Indianapolis-based Anthem said in a statement.

Hackers appear to have accessed customers’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member ID numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information, Anthem said.

At this point, it appears that the data stolen does not include medical files or credit card numbers, according to the company.

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