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Feb 11, 2015

Experts warn 2015 could be ‘Year of the Healthcare Hack’

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – Security experts are warning healthcare and insurance companies that 2015 will be the “Year of the Healthcare Hack,” as cybercriminals are increasingly attracted to troves of personal information held by U.S. insurers and hospitals that command high prices on the underground market.

    Anthem Inc, the No. 2 U.S. health insurer, last week disclosed a massive breach of its database containing nearly 80 million records, prompting investigations by state and federal authorities. That hack followed a breach last year at hospital operator Community Health Systems, which compromised some 4.5 million records.

Feb 11, 2015

U.S. states say Anthem too slow to inform customers of breach

BOSTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Ten U.S. states have sent a
letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has
been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a
massive data breach disclosed last week.

“The delay in notifying those impacted is unreasonable and
is causing unnecessary added worry to an already concerned
population of Anthem customers,” said the letter, which was sent
on Tuesday by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on
behalf of Connecticut and nine other states.

Feb 10, 2015 infected by hackers in campaign to spy on visitors – researchers

BOSTON (Reuters) – The financial news site was infected by Chinese hackers with spying software that targeted specific visitors, including those at U.S. financial services and defense firms, according to two cybersecurity firms.

The hackers infected in November with software that automatically attacked visitors by exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser and Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash software, cybersecurity firms iSight Partners Inc and Invincea Inc said on Tuesday.

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Health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach

By Supriya Kurane and Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Health insurer Anthem Inc (ANTM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees.

The No. 2 health insurer in the United States said the breach did not appear to involve medical information or financial details such as credit card or bank account numbers.

Feb 5, 2015
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      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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