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Anthem Blue Cross posts Social Security, tax numbers of 24, 500 doctors
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:33:56 +0000 (UTC)

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-anthem-doctors-breach-20131125,0,4528975.story#ixzz2lvd0rfqG

By Chad Terhune
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2013

In a departure from most medical privacy cases, Anthem Blue Cross said it accidentally posted online Social Security or tax identification numbers for about 24,500 California doctors.

[Updated 1:03 p.m. PST Nov. 25: An Anthem spokesman said Monday that 24,500 doctors were affected, up from the previous 5,900 figure issued by the company.]

Anthem, a unit of insurance giant WellPoint Inc., said the private information was mistakenly included with its online provider directory for about 24 hours late last month.

The state's largest for-profit health insurer said once it identified the error, it removed the information from its website. Anthem said this breach didn't involve any patient data.

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