Sophisticated cyber attack on Premera Blue Cross leads to health data breach affecting 11 million individuals. Company discovered data breach on Jan 29, 2015. Affected entities involve Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and the health insurer’s affiliate brands Vivacity and Connexion Insurance Solutions, Inc. Also, members of other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans who sought treatment in Washington or Alaska were also affected by the cyber attack.
The breached information includes Applicants and members’ names, dates of birth, email addresses, addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, member identification numbers, bank account information, and claims information, including clinical information.
“Individuals who do business with us and provided us with their email address, personal bank account number or social security number are also affected,” according to the Premera statement. “The investigation has not determined that any such data was removed from our systems. We also have no evidence to date that such data has been used inappropriately.”
According to the statement, letters will be sent to affected individuals, and two years of free credit monitoring and identity protection services will also be offered to those applicants and members.
“As much as possible, we want to make this event our burden, not yours, by making services available to protect you and your information moving forward,” Roe said. “All of us here at Premera have been affected by this attack and we understand and share your concerns. Please know that we’re committed to making sure you get the tools and assistance you need to help protect you.”
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