Physician Practice

Health insurer says 1.1 million people affected in cyber attack

Physician Practice Insider, June 2, 2015

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit health insurer that serves Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia, was targeted by a “sophisticated” cyber-attack, affecting 1.1 million people who are current or past members of CareFirst or who have done business with the company.

The May 20 statement on the CareFirst website
 explained the hackers “gained limited, unauthorized access to a single…database.” The intrusion was actually discovered in the midst of an exhaustive review the company was performing on its own IT security measures in the wake of recent cyber-attacks on other health insurers.

CareFirst said the review found cyber-attackers gained access to a database on June 20, 2014 that stores data members and other users enter to access CareFirst websites and online services. Only people who registered to use the online services before June 20 were affected.

Read the full story on HCPro’s
HIPAA Update blog.

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