Sixteen self-insured customers and nineteen thousand Highmark members were vulnerable due to a potential attack at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware.The Delaware Department of Insurance released the information to the public after the incident.
Summit Reinsurance Services, Inc., in Indiana and BCS Financial in Illinois were the two subcontractors involved in the breach. Highmark didn’t specify the explicit nature of the breach. According to the reports, this incident is one of the several data breaches which is related to Summit Reinsurance Services, Inc. in 2016.
Early in November 2016, Summit reported a ransomware attack which impacted thousands of current and former Black Hawk College employees. Affected information contained PHI, including Social Security numbers and health insurance information.
There was also a potential data breach at Louisiana Health Cooperative, Inc. A ransomware compromised sensitive patient information including Social Security numbers.
Trinidad Navarro, the Delaware Insurance Commissioner mentioned that they are looking into the breach.
“I would like to ensure Delaware consumers that the Department of Insurance takes this matter seriously and is currently investigating how this occurred,” Navarro said. “I have directed my staff to closely monitor the situation as it develops. Many Delawareans have received mailed correspondence from Summit Reinsurance explaining the breach. Unfortunately, we fear that many may have misinterpreted or inadvertently discarded the latter as some form of sales ad.”
The Delaware Department of Insurance is helping affected patients by providing resources to answer any questions.
“The Commissioner has ordered an investigation into the reported breach. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is cooperating with the Delaware Department of Insurance to resolve the matter.”
“If consumers have received a letter from SummitRe regarding this situation and have questions, they may contact the Delaware Department of Insurance.”
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