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Hackers Access Records For Millions Of Anthem Customers

Posted at 10:17 AM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-25 15:25:41-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The health insurance company Anthem said the hackers who got into its computer network were able to gain access to personal information for "tens of millions" of customers and employees. Those employees include the company's CEO.

The nation's second-biggest health insurer said it's contacting customers who were affected.

The hackers were able to see names, birthdates, email addresses, employment details, Social Security numbers, incomes and street addresses of current and past customers. But the company says credit card information wasn't compromised. And it hasn't found any evidence that medical information was targeted.

Anthem recently changed its name from WellPoint. It runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states, and covers more than 37 million people.

The company said the FBI is investigating the hacking attack, and that it's hired an Internet security company to improve its network defenses. Anthem says it will provide free credit monitoring and identity protection services.

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