Info for 6,000 members at risk after Social Security numbers stolen

Private health information for 6,000 patients was put in jeopardy when data was stolen from a server connected to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana, reported PHIprivacy.net. The breach allegedly occurred from November 2011 through October 2012, after an employee with Connextions, a technology vendor providing call-center services for insurers, stole patients' Society Security numbers from the company.

"There are indications that the employee may have conveyed some of this information to third parties who are the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. This individual's employment with Connextions was terminated immediately upon Connextions becoming aware of the incident," Cindy Wakefield of WellPoint, the parent company of Anthem, told PHIprivacy.net. Article

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