Hackers Access Records For Millions of Anthem Customers


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.

The attack on Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer Anthem could be a sign that hackers have shifted their focus away from retailers and toward other targets, cybersecurity experts say.

The nation’s second-largest insurer said it has yet to find any evidence that medical information like insurance claims or test results was targeted or taken in a “very sophisticated” cyberattack that it discovered last week. It also said credit card information wasn’t compromised, either.

But the hackers did gain access to names, birthdates, email address, employment details, Social Security numbers, incomes and street addresses of people who are currently covered or have had coverage in the past.

And the hackers may not be done with the insurer, as they look for fresh targets after previous ones like the retailers Target and Home Depot shore up their defenses.

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