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470,000 Receive Breach Notice

DATA LOSS—U.S.

June 30, 2010

WellPoint has notified 470,000 health insurance applicants that a security glitch may have exposed their Social Security numbers and other personal information. The Tech Herald reports that a faulty Web site update is being blamed for the breach, which the company fixed once it was made aware of the issue in March. Of the 470,000 letters the company has sent out, 230,000 went to Anthem customers in California, where reports indicate attorneys for a class action suit against the insurer accessed applicants' personal information. "We have requested both by letter and in court filings that the attorneys return all information improperly obtained from the individual application system," WellPoint said in a statement, noting the information has been delivered to a court-approved custodian.
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