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Data breach at a major health insurer

Data breach at a major health insurer
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Another day, another data breach. This time around, hackers were able to break into health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield's databases and make off with personal information belonging to about 1.1 million customers.

According to CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the cybercriminals were not able to access customer Social Security numbers. However, the hackers did come away with names, birth dates, email addresses and insurance identification numbers.

There is no official word on who is behind the attacks, but many signs point to the same Chinese hacker group being blamed for similar healthcare hacks against Anthem and Premera.

Even though Social Security numbers were not taken, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to affected customers.

If you're not a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield customer, consider yourself lucky. But, that doesn't mean you should rest on your laurels. The best way to protect yourself from hackers is to be proactive. You need to have protections in place in case your insurer or other companies you do business with are hacked.

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