Health Insurer Premera Blue Breached, 11M Customers’ Information Exposed, Including Medical Records

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Another U.S. health insurer has experienced a significant data breach. On Tuesday, Premera Blue Cross confirmed that it had been the victim of a cyberattack which may have exposed the private information belonging to its 11 million customers, including their bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, birth dates, emails, addresses, phone numbers, and even their claims and clinical information.

The company says that the attack began on May 5 of 2014, but it wasn’t discovered until January of this year. In a statement posted the insurer’s website, the incident is described as affecting Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and its affiliate brands Vivacity and Connexion Insurance Solutions, Inc.

While the attackers may have gained unauthorized access, Premera says it has not determined that the data was removed from its systems, nor has it yet been found to have been used inappropriately. However, the company is offering all…

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