Cy­ber attack on health in­surer An­them


An­them, one of the United States’ largest health in­sur­ers, re­cently clar­i­fied that the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of tens of mil­lions of its cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing its chief ex­ec­u­tive, was the sub­ject of a “very so­phis­ti­cated ex­ter­nal cy­ber attack.” The com­pany, which is con­tin­u­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ex­act scope of the attack, said hack­ers were able to breach a data­base that con­tained as many as 80 mil­lion records of cur­rent and for­mer cus­tomers, as well as em­ploy­ees. The in­for­ma­tion ac­cessed in­cluded names, so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers, birthdays, ad­dresses, e-mail and em­ploy­ment in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing in­come data.

An­them said no credit card in­for­ma­tion had been stolen, and it em­pha­sised that it did not be­lieve med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion like in­sur­ance claims or test re­sults were com­pro­mised. It said hos­pi­tal and doc­tor in­for­ma­tion was also not be­lieved to have been taken.

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