SAG, the WGA and the DGA are all warning their members that their personal information may have been compromised by a recent cyber attack on Anthem, a health care provider to all three of the guilds’ health plan.
“It is possible that the personal information of guild members was accessed by the hackers,” the WGA said in email message to its members.”
According to Anthem, this information could include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information. “Based on what we know now,” Anthem said, “there is no evidence that credit card or medical information were targeted or compromised.”
“On February 4, Anthem, one of the country’s largest providers of health insurance, revealed that the personal information of millions of its customers was the target of a cyber attack,” the DGA said on its website. “The DGA–Producer Health Plan contracts with Anthem for use of their provider network. The Health Plan also uses Anthem to pay provider claims. Health Plan participants are not insured by Anthem, so it is not yet known if DGA–PHP participant data was part of the Anthem breach.”
The SAG – Producers Pension & Health Plans issued a similar warning to its beneficiaries. “Last night the Plans discovered, Anthem, who provides the Health Plan with access to their provider network, experienced an IT security breach,” the Plans stated. “An Anthem IT system was compromised and personal information from current and former customers and employees was stolen. We are currently not aware of how many Health Plan participants were affected.
As we learn more about the Anthem breach we will continually update our website and communicate all new information with you. Protecting your personal information is one of our top priorities, and our internal IT team is constantly working to secure your data as well as on updating our security processes.”
Anthem says that it “will individually notify current and former members whose information has been accessed. We will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge so that those who have been affected can have peace of mind. We have created a dedicated website –http://www.anthemfacts.com/ – where members can access information such as frequent questions and answers. We have also established a dedicated toll-free number that both current and former members can call if they have questions related to this incident. That number is: 1-877-263-7995. As we learn more, we will continually update this website and share that information you.”