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ND, Minnesota affected by data security breach

BISMARCK -- Health insurer Anthem Inc. is sending letters to more than 27,000 North Dakotans and 300,000 Minnesotans who were affected by the recent data security breach.

BISMARCK - Health insurer Anthem Inc. is sending letters to more than 27,000 North Dakotans and 300,000 Minnesotans who were affected by the recent data security breach.
Officials said hackers broke into the database of the nation’s second largest health insurer between Dec. 10 and Jan. 27 and possibly stole individual and dependent names, addresses, social security numbers and birth dates.
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm and Minnesota Department of Commerce commissioner Mike Rothman urge residents to take advantage of credit monitoring protection offered by Anthem and to watch their financial accounts for any potential suspicious activity.
North Dakotans affected were customers of Blue Cross Blue Shield while Rothman said Anthem doesn’t sell directly in Minnesota, but the company has employer-sponsored plans in the state.
Anthem says for two years it will provide credit monitoring and identity theft repair assistance to current or former members if someone experiences fraud along with identity protection designed specifically for children. About 80 million people nationwide were affected by the cyber attack.
Persons can also call the Anthem helpline at 877-263-7995, Hamm’s office at 800-247-0560 or insurance@nd.gov ., or the Minnesota commerce center at 651-539-1600. Anthem also has a website at www.anthemfacts.com .

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