Independence Blue Cross alerts members of data breach

Becker's Healthcare

Jackie Drees

Independence Blue Cross announced July 2 that protected health information belonging to certain members of the Philadelphia-based health plan may have been accessed by an unauthorized user.

The Independence Blue Cross privacy office was notified of the security incident May 8. After launching an investigation, the health plan discovered that certain members used the same password credentials for multiple websites, and the passwords were previously exposed through other third-party attacks, such as the compromise of the MyFitness Pal app in 2018, according to the news release.

The passwords extracted from the data breach were then used to...

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