Anthem Data Hack

Feb 9, 2015 by

computer securityAnother week, another mega-hack.
But this hack is REALLY a whopper. The personal information of up to one-quarter of Americans could have been stolen. The trove is potentially so huge, the black market price of personal information may be driven down when this huge knot of supply is put up for sale. Wow.

Hackers breached Anthem, Inc.’s systems to gain access to the data. Anthem, which changed its name from Wellpoint just a couple of months ago, is one of the US’ largest health insurance companies and has aggressively marketed Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans for new 2015 membership on exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

If you have ever provided your personal information to Anthem or Wellpoint, you need to pay attention to this one. And if your memory for such things is as poor as mine,  you ought to pay attention, period.

Here’s a news story on the hack from Nightly Business Report:

If you’re the least bit concerned your data may have been stolen, go to the webpage Anthem has set up, skip the self-serving public relations blather from Anthem’s nervous CEO Joseph R. Swedish, and click the FAQs link at the bottom of the page.

According to Anthem’s FAQs, affected people will receive a letter from Anthem “in the coming weeks.” Of course that assumes Anthem has on file or will be diligent enough to find your current mailing address. What if you were a customer or employee of Wellpoint twenty years ago and have moved three times since? Many unanswered questions at this point…

Anthem undoubtedly will be offering free credit monitoring for some period. This is a good time to remind yourself that, by its nature, credit monitoring only recognizes fraud after it occurs. Though there are pluses and minuses, if you get Anthem’s letter, I recommend you consider a credit freeze. Read my post “When to Freeze Your Credit” to learn more. A freeze would prevent fraud, not report it after the fact.

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