Fraud Alert

Health Insurer Anthem Hit by Hackers; Breach Gets Away With Names, Social Security Numbers of Customers, Employees –

The reports indicated that although the breach exposed names, birthdays, addresses and Social Security numbers it doesn't appear to involve medical information or financial details such as credit-card or bank-account numbers.

This is a large breach and as reported by The Wall Street Journal (US) Anthem Inc., the country's second-biggest health insurer, said hackers broke into a database containing personal information for about 80 million of its customers and employees in what is likely to be the largest data breach disclosed by a health-care company. Investigators are still determining the extent of the incursion, which was discovered last week, and Anthem said it is likely that "tens of millions" of records were stolen.

Anthem said it would reach out to everyone whose information was stored in the hacked database with a letter and, where possible, email. It is also setting up an informational website and will offer to provide a credit-monitoring service. To learn more from Anthem:

State Bank Financial Recommendations

As always, State Bank Financial recommends that your update your bank password every few months. Also, monitor your account regularly and report suspicious transactions to the bank immediately. Beware of phishing scams – or e-mails with malicious links – that will attempt to get additional sensitive information.

We are always monitoring our consumer accounts and we use many different systems to protect your information including rigorous security standards, encryption, and fraud detection software.