INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Many families purchase insurance to keep them safe during times of need.
However, officials say criminals are now stealing that peace of mind.
One of the nation’s largest insurance companies says that it discovered that it had been hacked by a very sophisticated cyberattack last week.
Anthem Insurance says hackers gained access to personal information, including names, birth dates, medical IDs, addresses, email addresses, employment information and Social Security numbers.
Those affected are customers, former customers and employees.
The newspaper says the targeted database had records of 80 million people in it.
In fact, authorities say the CEO was even targeted.
Anthem, who has formerly known as Wellpoint, manages Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states.
The FBI said it’s investigating the incident.
This is not the first time Anthem had an issue with cybersecurity.
In 2013, the company paid $1.7 million to settle allegations of inadequate safeguards.
At the time, the personal information of more than 612,000 members was accessible online.
In 2008, Anthem said the personal information of about 128,000 customers was exposed online, leading the company to offer free credit monitoring.