Hacking season has started but its not Sony or some game company this time. Anthem the 2nd largest health insurer in the U.S. gets hacked. The hackers managed to steal “tens of millions” of records.


“Despite our efforts safeguarding your data, Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack. These attackers gained unauthorized access to Anthem’s IT system and have obtained personal information from our current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data. Based on what we know now, there is no evidence that credit card or medical information, such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes were targeted or compromised.” ~Anthem President and CEO Joseph R. Swedish

Anthem’s database contains over 80 million records for current and former customers and employees. They currently have 37.5 million medical members in the U.S. as of December. This Anthem hack is the largest data breach in history confirmed by a healthcare company. Right now there is no way to know how records were stolen by the hackers. All we have so far is that “tens of millions. We also do not know how the hackers got into Anthem’s systems. We can expect more information in the coming weeks.

By Rubens Saintel

Proud father, #Haitian, photographer, consultant, writer & entrepreneur. I love video games, movies, plays, technology (surprise), beta testing apps and all things sci-fi. | |