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Commerce Commissioner Urges the 300,000 Minnesotans Affected by the Anthem Breach to Take Necessary Precautions

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is here to help.

2/24/2015 10:14:43 AM

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL The Minnesota Department of Commerce received information from Anthem, Inc. to confirm the number of Minnesota policyholders whose personal information was compromised as a result of the recent cyber-attack on the health insurer. The company reported to the Department that the social security numbers of over 200,000 Minnesotans and other personal information of another 100,000 Minnesotans were compromised as a result of the late January cyber-attack on the company.

"This cyber-attack appears to have compromised Anthem's data involving over 300,000 Minnesotans, among millions of consumers across the country," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. Consumers should take advantage of the credit monitoring protection offered by Anthem and continue to watch their banking and other financial accounts for any potential suspicious activity."

Anthem estimates that approximately 206,800 Minnesotans could have their social security numbers at risk from the incident. About 106,800 Minnesota consumers had other data compromised, including their member names, member health identification numbers, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, employment information, and income data. Anthem said it is not aware of any fraudulent activity against policyholders that has occurred as a result of the data breach.

Anthem, one of the nation s largest health insurers, does not sell products directly in Minnesota; however, the company has employer-sponsored insurance plans in the state. Policyholders affected by this data breach will be, or may have already been, contacted by Anthem. The company is offering 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to current or former members of an affected Anthem plan dating back to 2004.

There is currently underway a multi-state examination by state insurance departments into the Anthem attack.

Consumers who believe that they may have been impacted by the security breach should call 877-263-7995, the toll-free number Anthem has established to assist consumers. Anthem has also set up a website to answer questions. Consumers may also contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Consumer Services Center with questions at 651-539-1600.

The Department of Commerce urges those who were affected to monitor their accounts, credit reports, and sign up for Anthem s offered credit monitoring. Report any abnormalities on your accounts soon as possible. The Department recommends that all consumers monitor their accounts, credit reports, and taking steps to secure their personal information.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is here to help.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is here if you have questions or issues about insurance, or believe you have been the victim of a scam or fraud. Consumers may contact the Consumer Services Center at 651-539-1600 or (800) 657-3602. Consumers can file a complaint on the Commerce Department website.

Complaints can also be sent by email to or by mail to Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

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