Major health insurer in NY says computer system was hacked

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A health insurer in western New York and affiliates say their computers were targeted in a cyberattack that may have provided unauthorized access to more than 10 million personal records.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, headquartered in Rochester, and Lifetime Healthcare Companies say they’re offering affected individuals two years of free identity theft protection and the FBI is investigating.

The companies say unauthorized computer access was discovered Aug. 5, and they haven’t determined so far that any information was used inappropriately or removed.

It could include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, mailing addresses, phone numbers, member identification numbers, financial account information and claims information.

The affiliates are Lifetime Benefit Solutions, Lifetime Care, Lifetime Health Medical Group, The MedAmerica Companies and Univera Healthcare.

A call to the FBI was not initially returned.

The company has set up a dedicated website to answer questions. You can visit that site by clicking HERE.

There is also a toll-free number where you can receive information, 1-877-589-3331.

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