Hackers were successful in accessing the records of millions ofcurrent and former customers, as well as employees of Anthem Inc.,the second largest health insurer in the U.S. The sophisticatedattack involved a customized software program which captured asmany as 80 million records including social security numbers,medical IDs, birthdates, street addresses, email addresses,employment information and even income data.

Anthem President andCEO Joseph Swedish told members in a letter that "based on what weknow now, there is no evidence that credit card or medicalinformation, such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes weretargeted or compromised."

The company discovered the attack on January 29, immediatelycontacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and continues toassist in their investigation. Anthem has also retainedcybersecurity firm Mandiant to work with them on identifying thevulnerabilities in their system that led to the breach. The companyhas handled high-profile breaches for Sony Pictures Entertainmentand JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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