Data Breach at Anthem, Stolen Information from Members
Class Action Lawsuit: Massive Data Breach at United States Insurer, Anthem, May Involve Stolen Personal Information from 80 Million Members and Employees
Our firm is investigating potential class action lawsuits on behalf of former and current Anthem members and employees who were affected by a massive data breach that occurred in February 2015. Reports indicate that the hackers broke into the health insurance provider's servers and potentially stole personal information of as many as 80 million individuals. To make matters worse, a number of States have announced that Anthem has not properly communicated this information.
Compromised information includes names, birth dates, member IDs, Social Security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and employment information. If you or someone you know was affected by the Anthem hack, please contact Parker Waichman LLP today.
US Attorneys General Say Anthem Failed to Inform Customers of Hack
According to a report by CNET, Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish has indicated that Anthem will contact every person whose information was compromised by the hack. Swedish also promised free credit monitoring and identity protection services. According to attorneys general (AGs) from 10 U.S. states, however, the company has failed to do this, to date. The AGs sent a letter to Anthem stating that "few follow-up details have been made available, and none at all about how individuals can sign up for the protections Anthem will provide them." The letter expressed "alarm" at the lack of immediate action.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen sent the letter to Anthem on behalf of AGs from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, according to CNET. The letter states, in part:
- As the days pass with no direct communications from Anthem, our offices are receiving more and more communications from constituents expressing greater and greater frustration. Their frustration is justified. The delay in notifying those impacted is unreasonable and is causing unnecessary added worry to an already concerned population of Anthem customers. We are also concerned that delays in providing protections to the victims of this breach compounds the risk they face.
- Anthem must communicate detailed information without any further unnecessary delay. Further, Anthem must commit to reimbursing consumers for any losses associated with this breach during the time period between the breach and the date that the company provides access to credit and identity theft safeguards.
On his website, AG Jepsen wrote that Anthem's slow response has led to growing concern among customers, stating that his office has been "flooded with calls over the issue."
Data Breach May Lead to Identity Theft, Information Compromise
Individuals affected by the data breach are easily susceptible to identity theft. As many as 80 million former and current employees and members may have had the following information compromised:
- Birth date
- Member ID
- Social Security number
- Phone Number
- Email address
- Employment information
It is worrisome enough that a health insurance provider has been hacked, but the situation is worsened by Anthem not yet having taken swift action. Anthem customers deserve to know, as soon as possible, whether or not their personal information was compromised and should have the utmost protection against identity theft. We urge Anthem customers to contact our firm today for a free legal consultation.
Legal Help for Anthem Members and Employees Affected by Data Breach
If you or someone you know was affected by Anthem's data breach, you may have valuable legal rights. For more information, fill out our online form to the right or contact one of our experienced attorneys today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.