Another medical insurance company, Premera Blue Cross has become the victim of a data breach beginning on May 5, 2014. Although the company did not learn about the breach until January 29, 2015, it is believed that close to 11 million Premera Blue Cross members, employees, and partners could be impacted. The information that could be exposed includes date of birth, Social Security number, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, medical records, and potentially bank account and claims data. It is believed that this breach may have connections to the January Anthem breach that potentially impacted 80 million subscribers. Premera Blue Cross has announced they will only be contacting victims via mail only to protect against phishing scams.
What You Can Do:
If you are an InfoArmor identity protection subscriber, rest assured that we are protecting your information. We are continuously monitoring subscriber information for unusual behavior and misuse. If their information was misused during this or any other hacking attempt, we will alert them as soon as we detect suspicious activity.
- Review this PDF on proactive steps to protect against a data breach.
- Enroll in InfoArmor’s identity protection if you have not already. Reach out to your HR department or benefit broker if you are unsure of the link to do so. You can also call our customer service at (800) 789-2720 if you need additional help.
- Stay updated about the scope of the breach; if your company or employee information was exposed, Premera Blue Cross will be required to send out a breach notification letter with information on their free credit monitoring program. Please understand that credit monitoring only protects your credit and highlights fraud after the damage has been done and it is on your credit report. InfoArmor’s identity protection can proactively detect fraud sometimes as it is happening. Our coverage goes beyond credit monitoring alone to provide broader coverage than credit monitoring.
It is important to protect your identity, especially in uncertain times when data breaches are occurring often.