Yet another US healthcare company has reported a major data breach – this time insurance firm Excellus said hackers have stolen the personal details of 10.5 million customers.
The breach affected around 7 million “members, patients or others who’ve done business” with BlueCross BlueShield, with the remainder Lifetime Health Care customers.
The plans affected are BlueCard Members; BlueCross BlueShield of Central New York; BlueCross and BlueShield of the Rochester area; BlueCross BlueShield of Utica-Watertown; and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
This incident also affected members of other plans who sought treatment in the firm’s 31-county upstate New York service area.
“Individuals who do business with us and provided us with their financial account information or Social Security number are also affected,” the firm’s president and CEO, Christopher Booth, said in a statement.
Booth revealed that his IT team first discovered the “sophisticated attack” on 5 August 2015, and has been working since with Mandiant and the FBI.
However, the attack actually began over a year and a half ago – on 23 December 2013 – he admitted.
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