Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say the second-largest health insurer in the United States has agreed to pay a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest health care hack in the nation’s history.

The personal information of nearly 79 million people — including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and medical IDs — was exposed in the cyberattack, which was discovered by the company in early 2015.

Officials say Monday’s settlement between Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. and the Department of Health and Human Services represents the largest amount collected by the agency in a health care data breach.

Anthem also agreed to a corrective action plan under government monitoring, which involves a process for the company to assess its electronic security risks, take appropriate countermeasures and maintain ongoing surveillance.

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