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In February of 2015, Anthem Blue Cross revealed a recent cyber attack to their client database systems, and as a result, millions of current and former members had their private identity information compromised.
www.anthemfacts.com revealed the breach involved members as far back as 2004. The website gives greater detail about those affected, as well as informative information on how to address any suspected identity theft related issues as a result. It is strongly encouraged to check out the site and follow up with the offered support services related to ID theft monitoring, protection and recovery.
What makes this matter creepy are two worries….first, Anthem had no clue hackers were in their systems for some time, and only discovered the breach long after the attackers got what they wanted, and eliminated all means for apprehension thereafter. Second, the breach did not just involve the primary members of Anthem, but also the dependents of the account holder. Remember, all that information has been taken, and if not already used, will be used in the future. It’s not just that of those that had coverage, but their dependents as well; every spouse and child’s date of birth, social security number, full name, etc… Sure your credit and identity may be untouched now, but with that information lost in the worldwide web, whose to say if and when your minor child doesn’t somehow mysteriously take out a bank loan in another state or country within the next few years and they come after you for the obligation. All the more reason to take advantage of the free Anthem credit monitoring for all names compromised.
Identity theft will remain one of the strongest growing lucrative crimes of our times. It is far too easy to do, far too hard to get caught (let alone prosecuted) and far too overwhelming for law enforcement to ever stay on top of the daily online crimes occurring. Instead, be proactive about protecting yourself and family, and be prepared to quickly implement recovery techniques when you do become the victim. Once you do fall victim to ID theft, be prepared to battle the very same credit card companies and banks that once craved your legitimate business; they may be be the very same entities that come after you and make you feel as though you were the bad guy. Never let a creditor attempt tactics to make you pay for things someone else stole from your good name.
Bill William Arganda