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As many as 80 million customers of America’s second-largest health insurance company, Anthem Inc., have had their account information stolen.

Anthem Inc., which is the second-largest health insurer in the United States with nearly 40 million customers, has confirmed that hackers successfully breached one of its IT systems and have stolen personal information relating to approximately 80 million current and former consumers and employees. While details are still being figured out, the incident could potentially rank among the largest of recent attacks, including J.P. Morgan, Home Depot and Target.

(Source: AP) (Source: AP)

What information was breached? While Anthem states that the breach did not appear to involve medical information or financial details such as credit card or bank account numbers, the data accessed during the “very sophisticated attack” includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, such as income data.

How many were affected? At the moment, the company did not say how many customers and staff were…

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