Health insurer Anthem hacked

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WOODLAND HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 9: The Anthem Blue Cross headquarters is seen after the health insurer began informing its individual policyholders of rate hikes up to 39 percent to take effect at the beginning of March, on February 9, 2010 in Woodland Hills, California. Anthem Blue Cross, which has the highest number of individual customers in California, raised rates by as much as 68 percent in 2009. Health insurance companies in California can legally raise their rates at any time by as much and as they want. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO -- Anthem Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer, said Wednesday night that hackers had breached its system and that the personal information of tens of millions of customers and employees was possibly at risk.

It is unclear when the breach occurred, Los Angeles Times reported.

“Cyber attackers executed a very sophisticated attack to gain unauthorized access to one of our parent company’s IT system and have obtained personal information relating to consumers and Anthem Blue Cross employees who are currently covered, or who have received coverage in the past,” Indianapolis-based Anthem said in a statement.

Hackers appear to have accessed customers' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member ID numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information, Anthem said.

At this point, it appears that the data stolen does not include medical files or credit card numbers, according to the company.

The company has established a website, www.anthemfacts.com, where members can access information about the situation.

There is also a dedicated toll-free number that current and former members can call if they have questions related to this incident: 877-263-7995.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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