NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Roughly 80 million Anthem customers have fallen victim to a security breach that allowed hackers to gain access to: names, addresses, social security numbers, medical ID’s and emails.
“Data is very valuable,” said Professor Brian Kelly, the chief information security officer at Quinnipiac University. “So that personal information, our information, has a street value so to speak and that’s why they are being attacked.”
Anthem is in the process of notifying the customers who were affected. If your information was compromised there are a couple things to keep in mind. Professor Kelly says you may start getting emails claiming to be from Anthem. “Don’t rely on email because the bad guys have your email,” said Kelly. Kelly adds that Anthem may be sending emails to its customers, but you should not respond to anything asking for personal information.
Anthem says that right now there’s no evidence that credit card information was stolen. Even so, the damage has quite possible been done.
“The data that was stolen is really all the elements you need to create credit,” said Kelly. “Cyber criminals can take your name, address, social security number, income and go apply for a credit card.”
Anthem is currently offering free credit monitoring and identity protection, something customers should consider.
“I would encourage folks to take advantage of anything anthem offers post breach because it’s in your best interest moving forward,” said Kelly.