Anthem in Record $16m HIPAA Settlement

Anthem in Record $16m HIPAA Settlement

Healthcare insurance giant Anthem has agreed to pay a record $16m settlement to the US government after a major 2015 breach affecting nearly 79 million customers.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association licensee is one of the biggest providers in the country, but apparently failed to properly secure its infrastructure as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Attackers managed to infiltrate the organization through spear-phishing emails sent to a subsidiary, obtaining names, social security numbers, medical identification numbers, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, and employment information.

By Phil Muncaster 

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