daily californian logo

BERKELEY'S NEWS • DECEMBER 06, 2022

Take a look at our 2022 midterm elections special issue!

UC student, employee information may be compromised by Anthem security breach

article image

RACHAEL GARNER | STAFF

The personal information of some UC students and employees may be at risk after a digital security breach of health insurance company Anthem, Inc.

SUPPORT OUR NONPROFIT NEWSROOM

We're an independent student-run newspaper, and need your support to maintain our coverage.

FEBRUARY 05, 2015

The personal information of past and present UC students and employees may have been compromised during a digital security breach of health insurance company Anthem, Inc.

Hackers infiltrated a database containing 80 million people’s personal information, according to a statement by Anthem Blue Cross spokesperson Darrel Ng. Vulnerable information, he said, includes victims’ names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data.

Anthem is currently investigating whose information, if any, has been stolen. The company, however, has said there is no current indication that the personal information of UC students, employees, retirees or their dependents has been misused, according to a UC press release.

The UC Student Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP, an insurance plan in place at seven UC campuses, is part of the Anthem Blue Cross network. UC Berkeley separated from the systemwide plan in 2013, creating its own version of SHIP and switching providers to Aetna. UC employees no longer have Anthem Blue Cross network health insurance as of Jan. 1, 2014, according to UC spokesperson Brooke Converse.

Ng said Anthem currently doesn’t have enough information to determine whether or not UC Berkeley students who were insured with SHIP prior to the campus’ switch to Aetna will be affected by the breach. Anthem Blue Cross will individually inform current and former members of its network if their information has been compromised, he said.

“We don’t have much information at this point and I don’t want to engage in speculation,” said UC Berkeley spokesperson Janet Gilmore in an email.

The company will also provide free credit monitoring and identity protection services to individuals with stolen information.

Anthem has set up a dedicated website and hotline for affected customers. Furthermore, Ng said, they have contacted the FBI and retained a cybersecurity firm in the wake of the hack.

According to the website, affected plans include Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink and DeCare.

In 2009, University Health Services suffered another security breach, in which the Social Security numbers and personal information of as many as 160,000 students were leaked. The incident, attributed to hackers in Asia, was an attack on UHS’ own databases, rather than its insurance provider. The hacking took place over the course of six months.

Contact Sonja Hutson and G. Haley Massara at [email protected].
LAST UPDATED

FEBRUARY 06, 2015


Related Articles

UC Berkeley officials are in the process of notifying approximately 1,600 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach of the campus’ real estate division discovered in September.
UC Berkeley officials are in the process of notifying approximately 1,600 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach of the campus’ real estate division discovered in September.
featured article
Last week, the requirements for students to waive out of the campus health insurance plan were modified in response to student concerns about the process being too difficult this year.
Last week, the requirements for students to waive out of the campus health insurance plan were modified in response to student concerns about the process being too difficult this year.
featured article
The University of California altered its eligibility requirements on Wednesday for retiree health benefits in order to streamline access to healthcare and accommodate employee concerns about the previous set of rules.
The University of California altered its eligibility requirements on Wednesday for retiree health benefits in order to streamline access to healthcare and accommodate employee concerns about the previous set of rules.