Security Breach Leaves Anthem Cleaning Up

(WLNS) – News broke early Thursday morning tens of millions of customers of the nation’s second largest health insurance company, Anthem have had their most valuable information hacked.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is working very aggressively and closely with Anthem to investigate this. We still don’t know a number of facts,” said Andy Hetzel, VP of Corporate Comm., BCBS of Michigan.

Now up to 80 million people including those who work at WLNS-TV are facing a massive security breach that includes names, birthdays, social security numbers and more that could have been compromised.

According to Anthem’s staff vice president of corporate communications, they will send direct letters explaining the next steps to those affected.

But for those who fear for the safety of their identity, there are steps you can take right now.

A “couple things, you can contact the credit bureau’s like Experian, Equafax and Transunion and ask that a fraud alert be put on your account,” said Tom Holt, MSU associate professor, School of Criminal Justice.

Since social security data has been stolen, that’s the kind of thing that can be used to either open new accounts, or potentially try to compromise accounts you already have.

Just another step to secure your identity.

So having fraud alerts on your credit history will make it possible in the event that somebody tries to set up a new credit card account, or mortgage, get a loan, they’ll immediately be flagged and you’ll be contacted.

Holt also says to work with your bank in tracking any fraudulent history you see.

To follow updates as this story develops, watch 6 News or check us out on the web at www.wlns.com.

Now over the next several weeks, Anthem will send those letters and they’re offering credit protection to those affected.

Visit anthemfacts.com for more information.

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