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AG Conway Offers Consumer Tips Following Anthem Data Breach
By: Daniel Kemp
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection are encouraging Kentuckians to take steps to protect their personal information and watch for signs of identity theft following a data breach recently announced by Anthem, one of the nation's largest health insurers.
Anthem has confirmed it was the subject of a "sophisticated, external cyberattack," and that hackers gained access to the names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, email and employment information of current and former customers, as well as employees. The company has said that the stolen data did not include medical records or credit card numbers.
"Becoming a victim of a data breach can be a frustrating and stressful experience," Attorney General Conway said. "If you have been impacted by this recent cyberattack on Anthem, I encourage you to take advantage of the free credit monitoring and identity protection services being offered by the company. Additionally, consumers can always find a step-by-step toolkit designed to assist identity theft victims on my website, ag.ky.gov. The faster you detect identity theft, the sooner you can report and correct it."
Attorney General Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection also recommend the following tips to help keep you safe from identity thieves:
Customers affected by the recent data breach will be receiving a letter from Anthem explaining the breach and how to enroll in the identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.
Consumers with questions or concerns about the cyberattack are encouraged to call 1-877-263-7995 or visit www.anthemfacts.com. For information on preventing identity theft or to report suspicious activity, contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338 or the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.
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