Small percentage of Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY customers affected by hack

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York customers may not come out of a recent hacking incident without incident.

After hacking of Anthem, a major carrier of Blue Cross Blue Shield policies in certain states and areas, BCBS of Western New York — another carrier of Blue Cross policies — said its customers were unaffected. BCBS quickly amended that statement and then said some of its customers could have been affected.

Anthem confirmed the hack in late January, admitting a sophisticated hacker stole information from up to 80 million customers. Blue Cross Blue Shield explained their statement, saying some of its customers which formerly received their policies elsewhere then switched to their umbrella of care could have been vulnerable.

STORY | View the original story, which detailed the hack. 

BCBS of Western New York officials Tuesday confirmed that the statement is still true, and a small percentage of its overall customers did have their information compromised.

The western New York insurance carrier said it would alert its members who are victims ahead of Anthem’s notice. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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