Hackers target Anthem for customers’ personal info

Do you have your health insurance coverage through Anthem? If so, it’s possible that hackers have been able to see your Social Security number, birth date, address, phone numbers, email addresses, employment information and other personal information.

The company announced recently that it became a victim of a massive data breach in which hackers broke into servers and stole the personal information belonging to as many as 80 million current and former members, as well as Anthem employees.

This type of thing happens now and then with large companies, despite how much money they devote to security measures. But the normal procedure in these cases is for the hacked company to notify its customers as quickly as possible that their personal information may have been compromised.

In this case, the attorneys general of a number of states across the nation claimed that Anthem failed to do so. In a letter sent to Anthem, the attorneys general expressed “alarm” at Anthem’s failure to follow up with customers impacted by the hack. One attorney general said that his office had been “flooded” with calls from Anthem customers who were frustrated by the lack of information they’d received from Anthem.

Of course, the biggest concern for Anthem customers is that they could become victims themselves – of identity theft. Having one’s identity stolen can be a huge problem…one that can have negative effects for years to come. At the very least, people want to get a head start on dealing with potential identity theft, which is difficult when the company that was hacked fails to communicate with you.

Have you ever had your personal information compromised or your identity stolen? Please let me know the details of that situation.


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