Update 2/25: Anthem has revealed that Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans that Anthem doesn't manage were stolen during the breach. Anthem now estimates that between 8.8 million and 18.8 million people were compromised.
If you're insured by a Blue Cross Blue Shield location that isn't managed by Anthem, then your data may have still been stolen.
The world's second-largest health insurer just announced that it has been hacked early this morning. This is a huge story! One out of every nine Americans is covered by this company and its affiliates, making this the biggest healthcare data breach in history. You may not immediately recognize the insurance company name, Anthem, because it uses several different brand names in various states. One name it uses that you may be familiar with is Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Anthem says that hackers gained access to current and former members' complete personal information along with employee records. This could total 80 million people or more. The leaked information includes names, dates of birth, member ID and Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information.
Basically, this is more than enough for online crooks to get start stealing the identities of anyone affected. That's why I'll explain the steps you need to start taking right away. But first, are you or someone you care about affected?
The company hasn't pointed the finger at anyone for this attack yet. What it does know, however, is which of its affiliate companies were affected.