Social security numbers and more stolen by hackers in Anthem data breach

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2015)– Hackers managed to breach Anthem, Inc. security system and steal names, birthdays, social security numbers and more.

Anthem calls the hack a “very sophisticated external cyber attack.” The company says that there is no evidence that credit card or medical information, such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes were targeted or compromised.

In a message posted from Anthem President and CEO Joseph Swedish, he says, “Anthem’s own associates’ personal information – including my own – was accessed during this security breach. We join you in your concern and frustration, and I assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can to further secure your data.”

Anthem says it will notify those affected and will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services for free.

More information can be found here.

Sen. Dan Coats weighed in Thursday morning on the cyber attack:

“My immediate concern is for those in Indiana and across the country who have been impacted by this cyber attack. This is another reminder that the cybersecurity threat to America’s infrastructure is the number one national security risk our country faces. Protecting Americans from cyber attacks should not be a partisan issue. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am fully aware of the threat cyber attacks pose and believe it is imperative that policymakers break down the barriers to information sharing that limit cyber defenses.

“I have been fully engaged in previous efforts to pass legislation that strikes the right balance between strengthening security and respecting the privacy rights of Americans. Neither industry nor government alone can broadly improve our nation’s cybersecurity, and Congress must renew its commitment to address the wide range of issues posed by cyber threats through targeted legislation.”

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