What the Anthem Class Action is About
Several lawsuits were filed against Anthem for allegedly failing to timely disclose to the public that hackers had gained entry to its system at the start of February 2014 using malware that was installed through a phishing email.
The complaint instigated when Anthem disclosed the malware and date breach attack in February 2015, one year after the attack occurred.
This prevented customers to take the necessary steps in ensuring the protection of their vital information and privacy.
The attackers were able to access Anthem’s data warehouse and stole names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care identification numbers, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and employment information of about 78.8 million Americans.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt said that “protecting consumer data is incredibly important, and when companies or corporations who store large amounts of consumer data fail to safeguard that data, they must be held accountable.”
According to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, “protecting the privacy of its customers should be Anthem’s top priority, otherwise, people are left vulnerable and exposed. The fear of having your identity stolen is alarming and it will take time to rebuild that public trust.”
“Data breaches have far-reaching and long-lasting effects on people’s lives. When companies fail to protect customers’ personal information, they owe it to the public to disclose that information quickly and to take steps to protect them from further damage,” expressed Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.
You can read more about the case under the name: In re: Anthem Inc. Data Breach Litigation, Case No. 5:15-md-02617, N.D. CA.
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Anthem Agrees to A $39.5 Million Settlement with 43 States
Health benefits provider Anthem resolved the lawsuits with a $39.5 million settlement distributed to 43 states, ending the last of a series of lawsuits over a 2104 cyberattack.
Previously, the company agreed to a settlement of more than $16 million with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve privacy issues that resulted from the hack which exposed the personal information of nearly 79 million people.
The combined class action resulted in a huge settlement, with Ohio receiving $1.88 million from the settlement and other states receiving similar amounts. Additionally, Anthem has also agreed to a series of data security and good governance provisions that will strengthen its practices and network security protocols going forward to avoid similar incidents in the future.
As part of the steps, Anthem will be making significant business practices and security improvements which includes:
- Implementation of a comprehensive information security program that will incorporate the principles of zero-trust architecture, including regular security reporting to the Board of Directors and prompt notice of significant security events to the CEO;
- Specific security requirements with respect to segmentation, logging and monitoring, anti-virus maintenance, access controls and two-factor authentication, encryption, risk assessments, penetration testing, and employee training, among other requirements; and
- Third-party security assessments and audits for three years, as well as a requirement that Anthem makes its risk assessments available to a third-party assessor during that term.
If you’re affected by the Anthem Data Breach lawsuit settlement, we’d love to hear from you.
Editor’s note on the Anthem Data Breach Class Action Settlement:
This piece is written about the recent Anthem Data Breach Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit settlement, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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