MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Most healthcare breaches in the headline involve exposure of patient data, but a major slip at Anthem Blue Cross let slip the Social Security numbers and tax numbers of about 24,500 California doctors.
Anthem Blue Cross, California’s largest for-profit health insurance provider, accidentally posted the sensitive information in its online directory, according to the LA Times. The leaked data could be used to file fraudulent medical claims.
The numbers were visible online for a period of about 24 hours late last month, according to the report. Anthem has offered the physicians complimentary credit monitoring services.
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