HACKED: Health insurance giant Anthem hit by massive data breach

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s being called one of the largest data breaches in corporate history. The target this time, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — and officials say up to 80 million past and current customers may be affected.

Anthem is the second largest health insurer in the U.S. At this point, there’s no evidence that credit card or medical information was compromised. But the Better Business Bureau says people still need to be vigilant.

“Hacking is part of our society,” said Ran Hoth, President and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin.

We live in a hacking era. And Hoth says the hackers who targeted Anthem stole a lot of harmful information.

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“This is enough information to create a lot of fraudulent activity,” said Hoth.

Anthem says the information stolen includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information — including income data.

“It’s a very sophisticated cyber attack,” said Jennifer Rathburn, Cyber Security Expert at Quarles and Brady.

Rathburn says Anthem is working with the FBI and has hired a global cyber security consultant. She says anyone worrying they’ve been affected should start by checking their bank and credit card statements.

“Anthem indicates it’s gonna offer some credit monitoring and identity protection services,” said Rathburn.

The Better Business Bureau recommends that Anthem customers go to annualcreditreport.com and check for anything opened in their name or their children’s names.

They can also register for 90 day fraud alerts.

The BBB asks people remain vigilant for the long term.

“This is not the end of the hacking area,” said Hoth.

The BBB says be skeptical of any emails you get claiming to be from Anthem. It may be someone trying to take advantage of you.

Anthem says it will mail an actual letter to those who are impacted.

CLICK HERE for FAQs from Anthem on this data breach.

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