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200,000-Plus Customers Receive Breach Notice

DATA LOSS—U.S.

June 25, 2010

Approximately 230,000 Anthem Blue Cross customers received notification this week that personal information--including Social Security and credit card numbers--may have been accessed, the OC Register reports. The breach involved customers with pending insurance applications that could be viewed through a Web site tool that allows users to track their status online, the report states. An Anthem spokeswoman said the confidential information was accessed primarily by attorneys seeking information for a class action lawsuit against the insurer. While she said it is not known how many customers' information was viewed, letters were sent to 230,000 Californians out of an "abundance of caution." The company said it has made security changes to prevent such a breach from happening again.
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