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.
Most of the population takes part in one social media platform or another. Social media can be dangerous because people over share information that can be used to commit identity fraud. There are scams that target popular platforms with malicious links or ploys to share passwords or personal information without your knowledge. Additionally, any time you have an online account with a company you are at risk to have it exposed in a data breach.