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Anthem Inc. Data Breach – Healthcare Increasingly Target of Hackers

On January 27th, Anthem discovered that the login information for database administrators had been compromised. The investigation is ongoing, but the data breach could affect up to 80 million Anthem customers. Information stolen includes member names, member health ID numbers/Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and employment information, plus some income data. The attack also affected Anthem’s subsidiary companies such as Amerigroup, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare. This attack may be the largest cyber attack in the healthcare industry. Last year’s intrusion at Community Health Systems (CHS) involved the records of 4.5 million consumers. According to statistics maintained by the federal government’s Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Human Services, there have been 740 major healthcare breaches over the last five years. Why are Hackers Increasingly Targeting Healthcare? Explanations for the increase in the size and magnitude of cyber attacks in the healthcare industry include the following: 1. Medical records are more valuable to cyber criminals. Experts say medical records are 10X more valuable then credit cards because they can be used for […]