Millions of Anthem customers alerted to hack

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By Elizabeth Weise

Millions of Anthem health insurance customers woke Thursday morning to an e-mail from the company telling them hackers had gained access to the company’s computers and that their names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, addresses and employment data including income might have been stolen.

“Anthem will individually notify current and former members whose information has been accessed. We will provide credit monitoring and identity protection free of charge so that those who have been affected can have peace of mind,” Anthem President and CEO Joseph Swedish said in the e-mail.

No credit card information was accessed in the attack, the company said.

The breach was first announced late Wednesday. It could affect as many as 80 million current and former customers of the nation’s second-largest health insurance company.

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