Anthem providing identity theft services after data breach

By Legal News Line | Feb 17, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - In the wake of a recent data breach at Anthem, Inc., the health insurance company is offering identify theft protective services and free credit monitoring to consumers affected by the incident, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Friday.

Anthem’s computer network was attacked by external hackers. The breach led to the release of information from 80 million customers that may date back to 2004. Anthem said the data could include Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, names, employment information and email addresses.

Anthem affiliate Amerigroup Corporation, which manages health programs that are publicly funded for Anthem, was also affected by the data breach.

Anthem has been bombarded by class action lawsuits since the breach. Dozens of such suits are included in the 81 lawsuits filed against the company in February.

“Anthem customers should take extra precaution to protect their credit and their identities,” Bondi said. “Caregivers should also be aware that this data breach has the potential to disproportionately impact seniors and children.”

Anthem, which is working with AllClearID to offer the identity theft and credit monitoring, is encouraging all of its customers as well as Amerigroup consumers to sign up for the monitoring services as soon as possible. 

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