Anthem Data Wasn’t Encrypted, But It Might Not Have Mattered
Since the Anthem attackers reportedly used an administrator password, encryption probably wouldn’t have made a difference.By Evan Thomas | February 7, 2015
Health insurer Anthem says its compromised database of customer information wasn’t encrypted.
The Anthem attack is thought to have compromised identifying information — including names, addresses, employment data and social security numbers — for as many as 80 million Anthem employees and customers. (Video via Anthem)
Anthem executive Thomas Miller told The New York Times the insurer “had doubled its investment in this area over the last four years and was actively considering encrypting its internal database as well as taking other steps to improve its security.”