Anthem Heath Care Hacked – What to do about it
I’m not going to say “I told you so,” but… the year of the medical hack has started, and it looks like it was the Russian Mob this time.
Current and previous Anthem health insurance customers woke Thursday morning to an e-mail from the company telling them hackers had gained access to the company’s computers and that their names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, addresses and employment data including income might have been stolen. The database that was hacked contained records for 80 Million People!
If you’ve ever had Anthem heath care insurance, contact them now. Don’t provide information to anyone who contacts you about the hack — could be other criminals trying to trick you into revealing your personal information to them as well.
To find out more, go to www.AnthemFacts.com or call 877-263-7995
The company is still investigating exactly how many records were actually stolen but, “at this point we believe it was tens of millions,” said Cindy Wakefield, an Anthem spokeswoman.
Hackers could use stolen information to conduct “phishing” attacks on customers who unwittingly provide access to their companies’ networks. Government officials have been investigating whether foreign interests are using personal, financial or medical information as leverage to gain intelligence from people who want their information to stay private, according to the U.S. official.
Anthem “will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge so that those who have been affected can have peace of mind.”