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By Allison Jarrell
Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, was recently the target of a “very sophisticated external cyber-attack,” according to a statement released by the company’s president and CEO Joseph Swedish. Attackers gained access to Anthem’s IT system, obtaining personal information about current and former members including: names, birthdays, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data.
“Based on what we know now, there is no evidence that credit card or medical information, such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes were targeted or compromised,” Swedish said in the statement.
Anthem will notify current and former members whose information has been accessed, and will also provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge.
Anthem has created an informational website regarding the breach, www.anthemfacts.com, as well as a toll-free number to call with questions about the incident: 1.877.263.7995.