Major U.S. Health Benefit Company Hacked: Members Data Accessed

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Anthem Hacked, massive data breach.

Are you one of the 80 million members of: Anthem Blue Cross, 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.

If so it’s likely your social security number, address, birthdate, e-mail, phone number, and income information has been stolen.

On the bright side it seems that credit card details and medical diagnosis and treatment data escaped the hackers.

Anthem is the second largest U.S. health benefit company whose CEO Joseph R. Swedish says the hacking was by a “very sophisticated external cyberattack.”

The company is working with the FBI and is taking every step possible to protect its database.

Beware of phone calls apparently from Anthem asking for details as that will certainly be another scam to get your info.

Anthem warned consumers Friday to be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former customers of the insurance company. The emails encourage recipients to click a link for credit monitoring services. “These emails are NOT from Anthem.”

Affected people will receive a letter in the mail advising of the next steps to take, as well as a sign-up offer for credit monitoring/identity protection services.

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