Saturday, June 26, 2010

Personal data exposed on Anthem Blue Cross website

The personal information of hundreds of thousands of Blue Cross customers was recently exposed following a website glitch made by a third party.   How many victims? 230,000.

What type of personal information? Medical records and Social Security numbers.
What happened? The appropriate security measures were not put in place following an October 2009 upgrade of the company's website made by a third-party vendor, said Anthem spokeswoman Cynthia Sanders. As a result, a site user was able to manipulate web addresses to access confidential information.

A class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals whose information was in jeopardy.

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