Here we go again, yet another data breach and yet another breach not found until months after the actual breach occurred. The victim this time Premera Blue Cross. Add the Premera Blue Cross data breach to the long line of breaches we’ve seen in the past year such as, Staples, Home Depot, Jewel, USPS, Target and Sony and it’s amazing anyone has any private data left. Premara says the hackers gained access to their systems on May 5th but they did not discover the breach until January 29th.
Premera says the breach could have exposed members’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, member ID numbers and bank account information as far back as 2002. Users of the following Premera services are likely to be affected, Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and Vivacity and Connection Insurance Solutions.
Claims information, including clinical information as well as the personal information of people who did business with Premera, could also have been exposed.
Premera said it has not found evidence that data was removed from its systems or that customer information has been used inappropriately. It will provide two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to consumers affected by the breach.
Premera is working with the FBI to figure out who’s responsible for the breach and hopefully they can catch the culprits. In the meantime you should probably contact Premera if you are a member to check and see if you are affected.