Anthem Announces Cyber Attack

Current and former member and employee information targeted

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SAN DIEGO, February 5, 2015 - On February 4, 2015, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, Anthem, Inc., announced a severe data breach that may impact more than 80 million individuals across the nation. Cyber hackers gained unauthorized access to personal information about Anthem’s employees as well as current and former members.

In an alert published by Anthem last night, accessed information included:

·         Current and former member and Anthem employee names

·         Birthdays

·         Member ID/Social Security numbers

·         Street addresses

·         Email addresses

·         Employment information, including income data

Initial investigations show no credit card information or medical information was targeted or obtained. Anthem is currently contacting individual members and will be providing credit monitoring and identity protection services to those who have been affected. Members are encouraged to visit AnthemFacts.com for more information on the breach.

Next Steps for Employers

In California alone, Anthem serves millions of members and we recognize that many of Barney & Barney’s clients utilize their services. Anthem takes the protection of privacy very seriously and has assured us that they are taking the necessary steps to evaluate current systems and identify ongoing security solutions.

Employers should proactively inform their employees of this breach using our employee communication memo template. It is available in English and Spanish.

As your employee benefits broker, Barney & Barney will continue to provide you important updates as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, please visit AnthemFacts.com.

About Barney & Barney

Barney & Barney is one of the nation’s leading insurance brokerages, offering a comprehensive line of risk management and employee benefit solutions. The firm specializes in commercial property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, compensation consulting, executive liability, personal lines and surety. In 2014, Barney & Barney joined Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a subsidiary of Marsh Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. Barney & Barney has offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Orange County. For more information, visit www.barneyandbarney.com, or call 800.321.4696.