If you have Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield you may be one of the tens of millions of people who may have had your information taken. Anthem is the largest corporation to date to have their system breached. Anthem states that credit card information and medical information was not accessed. The information that was hacked into was customers names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and employment information, including income data. While damage is still being assessed, the compromised database contained up to 80 million customer records.
Anthem has vowed to let customers know if they were affected by the breach, many have received emails from Anthem as of yesterday that were affected. You may receive an email or a letter in the mail if your information was breached. What to do if you’re a customer: If you have Anthem insurance, there’s not much you can do but sit tight for now. Anthem has set up a website, anthemfacts.com, with information about the hack. All impacted Anthem customers will receive some form of identity fraud protection, the company said.
E-mail addresses might have been stolen, but Anthem has not indicated that passwords were taken as part of the hack. You might want to consider changing your Anthem password, just to be safe. If you are concerned that your Anthem e-mail and password combination could have also been used to login to another service, you should change those passwords as well.