Farmer Jaffe Weissing has filed class action lawsuits in Ohio and Kentucky over a data breach affecting approximately 80 million customers, former customers and employees.
Anthem President and CEO Joseph Swedish acknowledged that hackers "gained access to [Anthem’s] computer system and took information including names, birthdays, medical IDs/Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data." Anthem has not identified the cyberattacker. This maybe the largest reported data breach by a health insurance company.
It has been reported that Anthem did not encrypt consumer data stored on its network. It has also been reported that Anthem did not store personal data in separate databases that can be secured when a cyberattack occurs. (New York Times, 2/5).
Farmer Jaffe Weissing filed class action lawsuits in Ohio and Kentucky, on behalf of people who reside in these states, purchased health insurance from Anthem and whose personal or financial information was breached as a result of the reported cyberattack. Consumers provided personal information and personal health information to Anthem in the course of purchasing health insurance from Anthem. This personal information is protected under HIPAA. The lawsuits claim that the personal information of plaintiffs and other Ohio and Kentucky residents is now in the hands of the cyberattackers as a result of Anthem’s failure to follow basic security procedures. Plaintiffs seek relief for themselves and other Ohio and Kentucky residents who are insured by Anthem.
If you are insured by Anthem your personal information may have been stolen as a result of this massive data breach. We encourage you to contact our data breach attorneys to learn more about how to protect your privacy.