Anthem Inc., the nation’s second-largest insurer, say they were the target of a “very sophisticated external cyber attack” on Wednesday evening. As many as 80 million individuals may have had their information compromised. Anthem has established a website for those affected- www.anthemfacts.com – complete with an FAQ explaining everything they currently know. According to them, credit card numbers and bank account information were not among the data breached. However, names, dates, social security numbers and addresses were compromised.
This is yet another hacking in a string of many among large corporations, including Target, Sony, and Home Depot just to name a few. This great chart, courtesy of informationisbeautiful.net, illustrates just how many household name corporations have experienced a data breach since 2004. Each one of these represents a risk to your identity beyond the norm.
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Neither Anthem nor the FBI currently has information on the identity of the hackers, but promise they are working together to gather more information. They state affected members will receive information via mail “in the coming weeks.”