Large US health insurer announces mass data breach that occurred in December 2013

Health insurance provider Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has announced a data breach that could have compromised the personal information of 10.5 million upstate New Yorkers.

In August of this year, Excellus discovered a data breach that showed that hackers could have accessed personal information including “name, date of birth, Social Security number, mailing address, telephone number, member identification number, financial account information and [insurance] claims information.”

However, it’s important to note that further investigations found that this data breach happened in December 2013.

On a website announcing the data breach, Excellus President and CEO Christopher C. Booth said: “The investigation has not determined that any such data was removed from our systems.  We also have no evidence to date that such data has been used inappropriately.”

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