Anthem Offers Free Identity Theft Protection to Its Present and Former Customers
It has been reported that healthcare plans provider Anthem is offering several different levels of free identity theft protection to its present and former customers.
The health care company decided to take this move after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people.
The company on Friday said that it will be providing credit monitoring, to its customers for two years. The company will also be providing identity theft repair assistance if someone experiences any fraud, and identity protection designed specifically for children.
The insurer announced in the last week said that hackers broke out into their security system and evaded several security layers to reach its database.
According to the company, the hackers gained access to information related to customers name, birthdates, email address, employment details, Social Security numbers, incomes and street addresses.
Cyber-security experts believe that this particular combination of information hacked by intruders might have caused great harm to company and its customers.
Investigators as of now have found no evidence that medical or credit card information was breached.
On the other hand representatives of Anthem have said that they didn’t know how many people were affected by the data breach, but they said that the number could have been in tens of millions.
The Identity Theft Resource Center says the attack was easily the largest it has recorded against a health care company.
Identity Theft Resource Center CEO Eva Velasquez said in a statement that the Anthem breach may be more potent than recent hacks of retailers like Home Depot because of the type of information in Anthem’s database.
The center said that social security numbers are of greater importance because they can be used to file false tax returns and open fake credit lines. Indianapolis-based Anthem covers more than 37 million people in states that include California, New York and Georgia, said sources.