Hack Attack: Health Insurer’s Customer Information Stolen

February 9th, 2015


Recently, hackers hit Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurance company. As many as 80 million customers had their account information stolen. The pilfered data includes names, birth dates, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and employment information.


If you’re worried about your personal information ending up in the wrong hands, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a helpful reminder… A credit freeze. Also known as a security freeze, a credit freeze limits access to your credit report, which makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name.


The FTC offers some Credit Freeze FAQs which can help you decide whether a credit freeze is right for you. One thing to remember – a credit freeze doesn’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts. Even if you elect a credit freeze you still need to monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts for charges you don’t recognize. If you decide you don’t want to get a credit freeze, you can still place a fraud alert. It lasts 90 days – you can renew it – and makes it tougher for thieves to open new accounts.


It’s also a good idea to review your credit report periodically. Federal law allows you to get a free copy every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus. Visit annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. Accounts on your credit report that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft.


Anthem has established a website where members can access information about its data breach. In addition, you can click here to learn more about securing your privacy and identity.


BUSINESS OWNERS – Click here for more information on how to protect your business from cyber attacks.


Gunn-Mowery has in-house experts available to consult on Cyber Liability coverage. Contact us at 717-761-4600 or email us to discuss your specific situation and/or concerns.


Information for this story was sourced from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Posted on Feb. 5, 2015

Jamie Mowery Lewis

Marketing Executive

Jamie joined the Gunn-Mowery team as their marketing executive in 2016, after previously working as an event coordinator for the Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. As the Marketing Executive, she is the main point of contact for external communications, community relations and media inquiries. She takes pride in enhancing the Gunn-Mowery brand, including the website, social media platforms, design and marketing campaigns. Jamie is a member of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Series Class of 2019 and is the Chair of the Gunn-Mowery Upside of Giving committee. She attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications

When she’s not in the office, you can find Jamie spending time with family, friends and her beagle, Lexie. She loves being outdoors, whether it’s on her farm, playing golf, relaxing on the beach, or cheering on the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley.

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