Anthem Cyber Attack: 5 Things That Could Happen to Your Personal Information

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  1. dawg

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    Massive breach at health care company Anthem Inc.

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    The approximately 80 million Anthem Inc. health insurance customers whose personal information may have been compromised in a cyber attack could very quickly see their data used for thieves' financial gain, say security experts.

    The company's initial investigation indicates that members' information accessed includes names, dates of birth, "member I.D./social security numbers," addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and "employment information."

    A social security number opens a host of ways thieves can steal a person’s identity for financial, medical or other gain, Matt Cullina, CEO of IDT911, tells ABC News.



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    Anthem Inc. offers Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in California, New York and about a dozen other states.

    "A credit breach has its own set of concerns, but nothing a canceled card can’t fix," Cullina said. "Whereas, the exposure of a social security number leaves a consumer potentially plagued by identity theft for life. Breaches and the identity theft that flows from them has indeed become the third certainty in life."

    With information gleaned from the Anthem breach, thieves could potentially do these five things:

    1. File and steal tax refunds

    Tax identity cases were up 135 percent in 2014 from 2013, according to the IDT911 fraud center, likely due to the rash of breaches exposing personal information.

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    2. Open new credit cards

    Thieves can easily obtain a credit card, especially online, with information exposed through the Anthem breach. Consumers should actively monitor their accounts and their credit report for any new inquiries, Cullina said.

    3. Apply and secure a loan

    Through payday loans or even a mortgage are possible avenues for thieves who can buy property and take out lines of credit on your good name, Cullina said.

    4. Apply for a job

    An undocumented worker or someone looking to rid of their troubled past could use the information for your stolen identity to find work.

    5. Pursue medical treatment
    Medical identity theft, another growing result of exposed personal information, allows a thief to use patient information to file fraudulent claims, open lines of credit and pursue treatment with someone else's identity. As many as 1.84 million people may have been affected by medical identity theft in 2013, according to the Ponemon Institute LLC.
    Story:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/anth...happen-personal-information/story?id=28747729


    Anthem will individually notify current and former members whose information has been accessed, Anthem CEO and president Joseph Swedish said on a website dedicated to the issue, AnthemFacts.com. The company said it will also provide free credit monitoring and identity protection services.
     
  2. JameGumb

    JameGumb We're all out of toner!

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    And about 8 years ago I used to praise doing everything online because it took the burden off of worrying about people going through your physical mail. Ya can't win....:facepalm:
     
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    Anthem owns Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
     
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    Hence the high number of 80 million people.
     
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    Jayla Ou ai-je l'esprit? Gold

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    Fabulous!
     
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    As if insurance isn't already enough of a rip off, now they let the fucking thieves have millions of people's data. Fucksticks.
     
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    imissalison f**k Mutt

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    Well, this is me. What do I do now? Anything? Wait to get screwed? This sucks.
     
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    Alisonsbankacct Out to lunch.

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    Corporations can't protect our info, but I am required to change my gas utility password every 90 days. For all those times people have broken in and tried to pay my gas bill for me.
     
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    Not park of that cluster fuck :cheer:
     
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    I used to do computer work for BCBS and I had a lot of concerns about their security. They contracted out their data processing services to an outsourcing company that had offices all over the world. The company was very shady and I wondered how vigilant they were about restricting access to sensitive information. It was right after 9/11 and they brought in dozens of employees from India, Pakistan, and other countries I wasn't sure could be trusted, so I quit.
     
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    We need to start treating identity thieves like horse thieves were treated in the wild west. Affecting someone else's credit or an illegal getting a job based on false information isn't a minor crime.
     
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    A general rule to follow. NEVER talk to anyone that calls you claiming to be from any company you deal with. Never click on a link from an e-mail sent to you from someone claiming to be from a company you deal with.
    Call the phone number on your bill!!!!





    Anthem warns of scam emails after massive hack of 80M records
     
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    It doesn't matter how you do things, on line or through mail - all your info is stored in computers, now way to avoid this kind of crap. My question is why the DB wasn't encrypted.
     
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    Your personal info is legally bought and sold all the time.
     
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    Bad guys still need other pieces to complete the crime.....and dummies will unwittingly give them the info needed.
     
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    Put a freeze on your credit. That way no one can open anything in your name without you being contacted first. You call the three reporting companies to do this.
     
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    There seems to be no accountability for companies losing your personal information. Its just "oh well, watch your back." These companies make millions but have inferior security. My wife got a letter that her school loan information was stolen along with thousands of others. They just say basically we fucked up so now its on you to vigilantly watch for your identity to get fucked with.
     
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    Was gonna make a wry observation.. but fuck it, this ain't good at all