The breach that compromised personal information for roughly 80 million Anthem members earlier this year was likely the work of a cyberespionage group that software company Symantec is calling "Black Vine."
While it's "very generous" of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to offer identity protection services to all of its 160 million members, the move ultimately it doesn't fix the issue of hackers' troubling ability to access health insurers' customer data, a cybersecurity expert said.
Should Joseph Swedish, the CEO who was at the helm of health insurer Anthem when it suffered a historic data breach, be fired?
The alarming frequency of data breaches among health insurers has led some to wonder whether a massive data warehouse of Healthcare.gov customers' personal information is vulnerable to a cyberattack.
Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote a letter to Anthem this week urging the insurer to notify all 78.8 million members whose personal information may have been compromised during last month's cyberattack.
After hackers compromised information for nearly 80 million Anthem customers earlier this month, the nation's second-largest insurer is being hit with lawsuits across the country.
The job for Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish in the weeks and months ahead hinges on what government investigations turn up and on how he reacts to customer concerns.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners said regulators will work with the insurer and its affiliates to review the company's security system, placing an emphasis on protecting consumers covered through Anthem.