Hackers have compromised the internal databases of one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the security breach has has endangered the personal data of more than 80 million people.
Anthem Inc. has said that “tens of millions” of personal records have been stolen in the hack, adding that the names, addresses and social security numbers of company employees, as well as current and former customers have been stolen.
However, the health insurer denied that any credit numbers, bank account information or other financial data had been compromised during the cyber attack, which occurred approximately one week ago.
Having been alerted to the security breach, the FBI is investigating the matter.
If you are an existing or former customer of Anthem Inc. and are concerned that your data may have been stolen during the hack, then the company are advising to visit http://www.anthemfacts.com/, which has been specially setup to advise people on issues related to the security breach. Alternatively, people can also call the toll free number 877-263-7995.
Customers are also advised to report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Anthem Inc. was formed in 2004 when Anthem Insurance Company purchased WellPoint Health Networks, where it was previously known as WellPoint Inc.
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