The second largest health insurer in the United States, Anthem Inc, said late Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former employees and consumers.
How does this manage to happen? Anthem said the breach did not appear to involve information such as medical of financial details, but how often does it not? For health insurance to be something we are required by law to have, you would think IT security would be much more beefed up to not allow information like this to not even reach the public without a resolution in place.
The information said to have been compromised included birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and compilations of employment data. Even though Anthem says the company immediately attempted to close the security breach, the attack was reported to the FBI. Good on their part for that one. The cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc was even hired to help Anthem investigate. So, with all of these efforts in place, why is it that we aren’t able to figure out who is behind the attack? On top of that, Anthem has not released information on how many staff members and customers were affected. It’s a great thing we’ve got the Wall Street Journal to keep us informed with a “tens of millions” estimation.
As of the end of 2015, Anthem had 37.5 million members,
Anthem said it would send an email and a letter to everyone who had information that was compromised, along with setting up an informational website that will offer credit-monitoring services.