No new information on health insurer’s data breach

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is waiting to hear back from an Anthem representative with any updates on their breach. Anthem is the second largest health insurance company in the country and the breach affected at least 80 million people.

Many are wondering if it was that easy to hack, smaller insurance companies may be even more vulnerable. The breach allegedly exposed social security numbers.

Last year, the FBI warned that the health care industry wasn’t doing enough to protect customers from cyber attacks. It’s estimated the healthcare industry is about a decade behind banks and large corporations when it comes to online protection.

“I don’t have that same insurance [company],” Yahaira Esteves told 22News, “but I’m sure that slowly but surely everybody’s going to get in the same process of getting hacked whether it’s insurance, credit card, or anything else.”

Many financial institutions encrypt their customers’ data to make it more difficult for hackers to get it. Anthem representatives said their data wasn’t encrypted, but they did have several layers of security.

Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, and earlier today, Attorney General Maura Healey tweeted ways to protect your information online.

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