CareFirst becomes Victim of Hacking Attack
Health Insurance Company CareFirst has announced that its data has been compromised by hackers. Data of around 1.1 million current and former subscribers of the company has been stolen.
In the data breach, things that have been comprised include members’ names, birth dates, email addresses and other subscriber data. The most shocking part is it took almost a year for the breach to be detected.
In 2014, hackers attacked the company’s network. The company hired a security firm Mandiant to survey the damage, which stated that there is concrete evidence that earlier or subsequent attack has taken place.
The security firm said that there is no evidence that personal information has been stolen. Since that incident, the company has taken certain measures and blocked the accounts. They requested their members to make new login ids.
CareFirst chief executive Chet Burrell said that they will identify theft protection for those who have been affected in two years. With this attack, CareFirst, operating in many US states has become the third such company to fall victim of hacking attack.
“We deeply regret the concern this attack may cause. We are making sure those affected understand the extent of the attack - and what information was and was not affected”, said Burrell.
Things that have not been compromised are credit card, social security, and medical data and passwords saved in separate system have also not been affected.
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