One of Connecticut's largest health insurers, Anthem, announced Wednesday that the company's IT systems were hacked in a major data breach that could affect up to 80 million people nationally. Anthem currently covers 1.2 million people in Connecticut. Anthem immediately reached out to the FBI to start an ongoing investigation.
Information stolen in the breach included data about current and former customers: names, birthdays, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, e-mail address, employment information and some income data. It is not believed that any credit card or medical records have been compromised.
Learn more at anthemfacts.com/faq
This is a very troubling matter and one that I will be closely monitoring. Should you have any questions please contact my office at 1-800-842-1420 or via email. Below are some tips for safeguarding your personal information.
Keeping your information safe:
- Monitor your financial accounts and billing statements for suspicious activity
- Report identity theft to local authorities as soon as you suspect a problem
- Never give personal information over the telephone or Internet, unless you initiate the contact
- Inspect your credit report (law entitles you to one free report a year from each nationwide credit reporting agencyif you ask for it)
- Immediately place a 90 day "fraud alert" on your credit reports by calling one of the three nationwide credit reporting companies: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285;
Experian: 1-888-397-3742; TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
- Shred all personal documents before discarding in trash