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CT officials seek protections for Anthem patients following breach

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Gov. Malloy asks for more information after Anthem hack. (WFSB) Gov. Malloy asks for more information after Anthem hack. (WFSB)

State officials are asking insurance giant Anthem Inc. for more information about a reported data breach.

The massive cyber attack at Anthem, which runs Blue Cross and Blue Shield, could affect 80 million customers.

Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said their offices were not notified about what happened.

"While my office has not received official notification from Anthem as of yet, we became aware of the breach late [Wednesday] afternoon, and I immediately opened an investigation,” Jepsen said. “[Thursday] morning, I sent a letter to Anthem requesting information about the security measures the company had in place prior to the breach, the circumstances that led to discovery of the breach and the measures Anthem is taking to ensure this sort of attack will not happen again."

Anthem, an Indiana-based health insurer, released information on the breach that indicated hackers breached its computer system. The personal information of tens of millions of enrollees and former enrollees is potentially at risk.

Officials said credit card and medical information does not appear to be compromised, but hackers were able to access tens of millions of records with social security numbers, birth dates and addresses.

“This data breach is very troubling,” Harris said. “That there is any vulnerability in the corporation's record management system is cause for real concern and must be corrected.”

Jepsen said he sent a letter to the company's chief executive officer and asked that all affected Connecticut customers be provided with two years of credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and reimbursement associated with taking those measures. To read the letter, click here.

"Breaches in security like this one put innocent consumers at significant risk of financial and reputational harm, and those affected deserve adequate protection,” Jepsen said.

Jepsen and Harris asked all Connecticut residents who may be affected by the breach to report any suspicious activity on their credit reports or bank accounts to police.

Anthem is only the latest case in a string of hacks and cyber attacks that have cost consumers billions of dollars. Home Deport and Target recently had huge security breaches and have added more internet security.

Brian Kelly, chief information security officer at Quinnipiac, said all hackers have to do is find one thing they have missed and they're in.

"You have to play defense, you have to be right 100 percent of the time," Kelly said.

Suspicious activity can also be reported to Jepsen's privacy task force by emailing attorney.general@ct.gov or calling 860-808-5318.

More information about the breach can be found on Anthem's website here.

For information on what to do after a data breach compromises your identity, click here for tips from the Better Business Bureau. 

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