(Bloomberg) -- Investigators of Anthem Inc.’s data breach arepursuing evidence that points to Chinese state-sponsored hackerswho are stealing personal information from health-care companiesfor purposes other than pure profit, according to three peoplefamiliar with the probe.

The breach, which exposed Social Security numbers and othersensitive details of 80 million customers, is one of the biggestthefts of medical-related customer data in U.S. history.

The attack appears to follow a pattern of thefts of medical databy foreigners seeking a pathway into the personal lives andcomputers of a select group -- defense contractors, governmentworkers and others, according to a U.S. government officialfamiliar with a more than year-long investigation into the evidenceof a broader campaign.

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