Anthem, the second-biggest health insurer in the U.S., has said that the personal information for 78.8 million people was compromised. Of this 78.8 million people, it is suspected that 60 million to 70 million were of its own current and former customers and employees.
A recent statement by the health insurer, which owns Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, stated, “some consumers whose information was in the hacked database were enrolled with other Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers, but used their coverage in one of the states where Anthem is the Blue plan.” Furthermore, the records for about 14 million people in the compromised database are incomplete, making difficult for Anthem to determine where they were enrolled.
Although the hack exposed names, birthdays and Social Security numbers, and other data, Anthem said that it does not appear that any medical information or financial details such as credit-card or bank-account numbers were compromised. The Wall Street Journal has the whole story.