ANTHEM CYBER ATTACK – DATA BREACH
It was brought to our attention on February 5, 2015, that Anthem, Inc., the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross, is the victim of a highly-sophisticated cyber attack. Anthem has informed their TPA’s. which have notified us, that its member data was accessed, and information about our clients could be among the data.
Our TPA’s are working closely with Anthem to better understand the impact on its members. They are in turn notifying brokers about the situation as it becomes available.
> Download Data Breach Notice
> Important update from Anthem – Feb 9, 2015
> Anthem Breach Update 2-9-15 Encryption & Credit Fraud Alerts
> Anthem Beach Broker ToolKit and Talking Points
> Mecury News – “Anthem Blue Cross hack: What you need to know about the health insurer’s personal information breach”
> Employee Memo on Breach
> Anthem Breach official website
Beware of Phishing Email Scams
From Anthem: Since this initial information was released, we have heard that email scams (known as “phishing”) have begun. The following information is to assist you in avoiding further damage. Members who may have been impacted by the cyber attack against Anthem should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem. If you or one of your family members should receive these emails:
- DO NOT click on any links in email.
- DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
- DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you clicked on a link in email.
- DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.
Anthem is not calling members regarding the cyber attack and are not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.
This outreach is from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers.
Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.
Here is what we do know:
- Once Anthem determined it was the victim of a sophisticated cyber attack, it immediately notified federal law enforcement officials and shared the indicators of compromise with the HITRUST C3 (Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Coordination Center).
- Anthem’s Information Security has worked to eliminate any further vulnerability and continues to secure all of its data.
- Anthem immediately began a forensic Information Technology (IT) investigation to determine the number of impacted consumers and to identify the type of information accessed. The investigation is still taking place.
- The information accessed includes member names, member health ID numbers/Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information, including income data. Social Security numbers were included in only a subset of the universe of consumers that were impacted.
- Anthem is still working to determine which members’ Social Security numbers were accessed.
- Anthem’s investigation to date shows that no credit card or confidential health information was accessed.
- Anthem has advised us there is no indication at this time that any of our clients’ personal information has been misused.
- All impacted Anthem members will be enrolled in identity repair services. In addition, impacted members will be provided information on how to enroll in free credit monitoring.
We are continuing to work closely with Anthem to better understand the cyber attack and the impact on our clients. Anthem has created a website www.anthemfacts.com, and a hotline, 1-877-263-7995 for its members to call for more information, and has shared the attached FAQ that further explains the cyber attack.
We will continue to keep you updated on Anthem’s ongoing investigation in hopes to find out who committed the attack, and why.
Below is the formal breach notification and assessment, as well as attachments provided by Anthem for review.
- Disclosure Tracking Number: 201501309249
- Date we discovered the disclosure: 01/29/15
- Date of the Disclosure: Query activity started on December 10, 2014 and continued sporadically until January 27, 2015.
- How was disclosure discovered: On January 27, 2015, an Anthem associate, a database administrator, discovered suspicious activity – a data query running using the associate’s logon information. He had not initiated the query and immediately stopped the query and alerted Anthem’s Information Security department. It was discovered that logon information for additional database administrators had been compromised.
On Jan. 29, 2015, we determined that we were the victim of a sophisticated cyber attack. We notified federal law enforcement officials and shared the indicators of compromise with the HITRUST C3 (Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Coordination Center).
- Member(s) Impacted: TBD
- Type of PHI (be very specific and include all): Initial investigation indicates that the member data accessed included names, member ID numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information including income data. Our investigation to date shows there was no credit card or debit card information or medical health treatment information compromised.
- Type of Incident: The attack that occurred was highly sophisticated in nature and is what is called an APT – Advanced Persistent Threat. The attacker had a proficient understanding of the data platforms and successfully utilized valid database administrator logon information.
- Where did incident take place: N/A
- Root Cause (must provide detailed descriptive): TBD
Anthem has changed passwords and secured the compromised database warehouse. Additionally, Anthem has contracted with Mandiant – a global company specializing in the investigation and resolution of cyber attacks. Anthem will work with Mandiant to ensure there are no further vulnerabilities and work to strengthen security. Additionally, Anthem will continue to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Has the impacted member been notified:
Written notification will be made to all impacted individuals with an offer of credit monitoring. In addition, all impacted individuals will be enrolled in a proactive identity repair services. Required member notification under HITECH will be made where applicable. State law notice will be made through each state’s “Substitute Notice” provision. We are not aware of any fraud that has occurred as a result of this incident against our members.