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Attorney General Says 11 Million Washingtonian's Affected By Premera Blue Cross Data Breach

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KENNEWICK, WA- Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke about the Premera Blue Cross data breach on Tuesday at a press conference regarding another case. The attorney general's office says millions of Washingtonian's could be affected by the massive data breach.

"I have a piece of legislation that's A.G. requested legislation, involving data breaches. It's moving through the legislative process, so far that adds additional safeguards to consumers. For example, it requires that if you are an entity that's had a data breach, it requires notification within 45 days to consumers. Right now, there is no such deadline," explained Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Tuesday's announcement declares that Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and it's affiliates are impacted by the breach.

The attorney general's office does not know exactly what information was taken, but it could include social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, telephone numbers, and bank account information.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now working to find out where the attack came from.




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 NEW YORK (AP) - Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, says it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people.

The company says hackers gained access to its information technology systems. The breach could have exposed members' information including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, member ID numbers and bank account information.

It says claims information, including clinical information as well as the personal information of people who did business with Premera, could also have been exposed.

The Mountlake Terrace, Washington, company says it has not found evidence that data was removed from its systems or that customer information has been used inappropriately.

The attack occurred May 5 and Premera discovered it Jan. 29.ORK (AP) - Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, says it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people.

The company says hackers gained access to its information technology systems. The breach could have exposed members' information including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, member ID numbers and bank account information.

It says claims information, including clinical information as well as the personal information of people who did business with Premera, could also have been exposed.

The Mountlake Terrace, Washington, company says it has not found evidence that data was removed from its systems or that customer information has been used inappropriately.

The attack occurred May 5 and Premera discovered it Jan. 29.

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