The sensitive personal information of millions may have been exposed as the result of a hack that targeted the customers and workers of Anthem health insurance. Although there is no official declaration of how many records have been illicitly exploited, 80 million records were present in the attacked database, as KTLA reports.
The company is attempting to reach out to all of those who may have been affected and has created a special website for victims to read information about the aftermath of the breach as it is discovered. Anthem is reportedly also conducting "IT forensics" to find out more. The breach spread to all of the Anthem Business product lines and revealed Social Security Numbers, addresses and phone numbers.
CEO and President Joe Swedish penned a public letter to members explaining the possible ramifications of the attack and what Anthem is doing to respond. He said that Anthem has contacted the FBI as part of the effort to restore security and is working with them as the situation develops.
"I want to personally apologize to each of you for what has happened, as I know you expect us to protect your information," Swedish said. "We will continue to do everything in our power to make our systems and security processes better and more secure, and hope that we can earn back your trust and confidence in Anthem." He also added that his own personal data was among the batch that was accessed during the breach.
If a dangerous breach or something along these lines affects a medical center, participants could find themselves suffering losses and readying legal action. Healthcare IT consulting specialists are important resources for correcting any dangerous security policy flaws and helping providers manage digital systems more successfully.