Attorney General James Helps Secure $39.5 Million After Anthem’s 2014 Data Breach

Posted to Applied Web NY on Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:01

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced a multistate settlement with health insurance company Anthem, Inc. that resolves a massive 2014 data breach that compromised the personal information of 78.8 million customers nationwide, including more than 4.6 million customers in New York state alone. The breach gave attackers access to Anthem’s data warehouse, where they harvested names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care identification numbers, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and employment information. Today’s agreement resolves the cyber-attack by forcing Anthem to pay the multistate coalition a total $39.5 million in penalties and fees — more than $2.7 million of which will go to New York state directly. In addition to the payment, Anthem has also agreed to a series of data security and good governance provisions designed to strengthen its practices going forward.

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