Anthem’s Security Breach

By Nishat Khan

Just a couple months ago, one of entertainment’s giants, Sony, was hacked by what now seems to be North Korea. When it finally seemed that the whole incident had blown over or had become irrelevant, a somewhat similar breach happened again, and this time, affected millions of people with the insurance provider, Anthem.

Last week, Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s biggest insurance providers, was hacked, becoming one of the largest corporate breaches in history. Both current and former customers’ personal information stored in the Anthem database was stolen, including names, birthdays, medical IDs, addresses, social security numbers, income data, email addresses, and employment information; however, financial records such as bank account or credit card numbers were not stolen.

The database had information for about 80 million people, and an estimated 10 million had their information stolen. Luckily, Anthem took immediate action and informed both the FBI and affected customers of the breach and offered free credit monitoring and identity protection services to those affected.

So far, the hacker has not been identified. Anthem president and CEO, Joseph Swedish said, “Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack. Based on what we know now, there is no evidence that credit card or medical information were targeted or compromised.” Anthem has gotten cybersecurity firm Mandinant to evaluate their systems and strengthen their database.

As of now, there isn’t much customers can do, except wait it out. Hopefully, the FBI will identify the hacker soon and prevent any future breaches.



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