BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York now says Thursday that some of their policy holders may have been affected by the recent hacking of a major insurance company. But, the company reassured WNY residents that if they haven’t received medical treatment outside of WNY they are not affected by the cyber attack.
“If you are a BlueCross BlueShield member living in WNY and only got medical care in WNY you will not be impacted,” a BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York representative told News 4.
Anthem Inc., is a major insurance company which provides Blue Cross Blue Shield across many states including some parts of New York State, confirmed that it had a security breech late Wednesday, which potentially left the information of 80 million customers vulnerable..
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A BlueCross BlueShield representative told News 4 that information between Anthem, Inc. and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is not shared. The two companies are separate entitles who operate in different regions of the country.
Anthem has said that birth dates, income, social security numbers, street address along with email addresses may have been compromised and stolen by hackers.
Anthem’s President and CEO Joseph Swedish said in addition to many of Anthem’s own employees, his personal information was accessed as well. He said the company is taking the matter into its own hands while the FBI is investigating. They hired a cyber security firm called Mandait to evaluate their security and beef it up.
The company said despite all the personal information that was leaked, no credit card information and no medical history was leaked.
Anthem’s brands that were hacked include Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Amerigroup. They also reported that the FBI asks anybody contacted by the insurer to report suspected instances of identity theft.
For those who may have questions regarding the hacking, Anthem established a website with a questions section to help their customers.