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Insurer exploring whether breach hit members

FARGO -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is trying to determine whether any of its members' information was stolen in a massive data breach of a computer network used by Anthem health insurance.As of Wednesday, North Dakota's largest priva...

FARGO - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is trying to determine whether any of its members’ information was stolen in a massive data breach of a computer network used by Anthem health insurance.
As of Wednesday, North Dakota’s largest private health insurer still was waiting for information from Anthem, which disclosed last week that data involving 80 million customers and employees was stolen.
If any Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota members were affected, it could have happened if they received medical services in any of the states where Anthem, a fellow Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate, operates, said Denise Kolpack, a vice president for the North Dakota Blues.
“We expect to be told we will have some, but we have no idea how many,” she said. “We’re all waiting for that information. They’re working on it as diligently as they can.”
Information stolen by computer hackers included birthdates, addresses and Social Security numbers, but doesn’t appear to include medical information or financial details, Anthem has said.
However, names paired with addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers are highly sought by identity thieves, making health insurance databases an attractive target for hackers, according to computer security experts.

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