Premera victim of cyber attack; 11 million customers exposed (click for link to article)
SEATTLE – Premera Blue Cross said Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack and the personal information of 11 million customers may have been exposed.
Premera, based in Mountlake Terrace, said it discovered the attack on January 29 but that the initial attack happened on May 5, 2014.
The attackers may have gained access to customers' sensitive information including names, dates of birth, social security numbers and bank account information. That information dates back as far as 2002.
Premera said that while the attackers may have gained access, there is no evidence thus far that any of the data has been used illegally.
Premera said it will provide two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to those affected. A call center is also being set up. More information can be found at its website, www.premeraupdate.com
The company said it is working with the FBI and the cybersecurity firm Mandiant to investigate the attack and fix the problem.
The attack affects Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and its affiliate brands Vivacity and Connexion Insurance Solutions, Inc.