NEW YORK CITY: Data on as many as 80 million customers at US health insurance giant Anthem was stolen by hackers, officials confirmed on Thursday, in a cyberattack investigators have reportedly linked to China. The Bloomberg News agency cited three people with knowledge of Anthem’s investigation as saying that cybersleuths believed the breach bore the hallmarks of previous attacks blamed on Chinese hackers. The cyberattack is just the latest exposing personal information on millions of people in the United States, triggering calls for companies to beef up their data defenses. “Cyberattackers executed a very sophisticated attack to gain unauthorized access to one of Anthem’s IT systems and have obtained personal information relating to consumers and Anthem employees who are currently covered, or who have received coverage in the past,” a statement from the second-largest US health insurer said. “Once the attack was discovered, Anthem immediately made every effort to close the security vulnerability, contacted the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] and began fully cooperating with their investigation,” said chief executive Joseph Swedish. “Anthem’s own associates’ personal information — including my own — was accessed during this security breach. We join you in your concern and frustration, and I assure you… Read full this story
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