One of the nation’s largest health insurance firms was hacked last week, The Next Web reports:
Anthem, the US’ second-largest health insurer, announced today that it was the victim of a cyber-attack last week, in which its database of about 80 million records — including names, birthdays and social security numbers — was compromised.Anthem reports that other personal member data like addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information was also stolen. However, the company says that it has no evidence to show that credit card numbers, medical history, diagnosis or treatment data were exposed.Anthem says it contacted the FBI immediately after it discovered the attack, and has commissioned cybersecurity firm Mandiant to evaluate its systems and identify possible remedies for the situation.
It’s quite possible that the hackers got into Anthem’s systems because of some simple mistake on the firm’s part, or that they exploited user error. Or, it could have been a sophisticated operation. But either way, the hackers are winning. This is why “you” got the top spot in our list of the biggest losers of 2014. This sort of thing is becoming increasingly common, even as more sensitive personal information pours into cloud services and more of our lives move into virtual space.The hackers are coming. Do we have a plan to stop them?