Do you have an Anthem health insurance policy? You should be aware that the company suffered a large data breach recently, as hackers gained access to its computer network and stole sensitive information about customers and employees.
The data breach may have affected as many as 80 million Americans, exposing Social Security numbers, income information and street addresses. It should be noted that Anthem runs Blue Cross Blue Shield in dozens of states, covering more than 37 million people. Because of the impact of the breach, the FBI has announced that it is investigating the case and the company has hired a digital security firm to improve its digital network.
If you believe that you may have been affected by the breach, you should monitor your credit reports and setup fraud alerts with a monitoring service. Additionally, if you have evidence of fraud, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission at 877-438-4338.
Keep in mind, by having access to Social Security numbers, income and street addresses, a person may be able to apply for lines of credit and/or commit other acts of identity theft.
Anthem Class Action Lawsuit Filed
In addition to having your case investigated by an agency, if you have been victimized by the data breach, you should be aware that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Anthem, in an attempt to hold it accountable for exposing the private information of customers.
Our attorneys are dedicated to holding corporations liable for poor data security structures that put people at risk for fraud and identity theft. People have a right to privacy when it comes to their personal information.
It should be noted that Anthem previously had issues with its data storing systems. In 2013, the company paid $1.7 million to the federal government over allegations that it left the information of more than 612,000 members available online because of poor security, according to the Associated Press.
If you are a customer who has been affected by a data breach, Gary S. Graifman, Esq. of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. represents consumers in class action lawsuits against corporations, manufacturers, businesses and banks that have carelessly endangered the personal information of victims.
Our firm has represented victims in similar data breach cases. Last year, our attorneys filed a lawsuit against Home Depot, which allegedly exposed the identities of up to 56 million cardholders.
KGG’s Corner: In 2012, an estimated 1.8 million people were affected by medical identity theft in the U.S.
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Class Action Lawyers