Anthem Data Breach: Fingers pointed at Chinese Hackers
Insurance giant Anthem recently informed that the massive data breach has exposed private information of more than 80 million customers. The company is still not sure if medical information or credit card data has been accessed by the hackers as well. The information stolen during the data breach includes names, medical IDs, social security numbers, address, employment information and email address of Anthem customers.
Anthem is the second largest health insurer in the United States. Anthem operates under brand names Anthem Blue Cross, Healthlink, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Reports have emerged that the data stolen by hackers was not stored in encrypted form at Anthem servers.
The company announced that it will inform the customers individually regarding the data breach and will suggest them precautions. The company will also offer free credit monitoring and identity protection services to clients suffering in the current data breach.
During the initial investigations, it has been reported that the evidence suggests hand of state-sponsored Chinese hackers in the data breach. China has earlier denied any involvement in hacking databases or servers involving any kind of espionage activity.
The current theft is the largest in the history for healthcare related data of American consumers. Recent data breaches have pointed out the loopholes in the security systems adopted by major retailers and service providers.
Earlier, Target Corp, JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot suffered data breach which left millions of consumers at risk. The companies will need to employ strict security measures and encryption to safeguard consumer data.
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