10 million personal records exposed at health insurer in western New York


In September 2015, the health insurer disclosed that it had suffered a major attack on its networks resulting in a leak of more than 10 million patient's records. The attack had actually happened two years earlier in late December 2013. Personal data including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses were taken as well as financial and claims information.

At least 12 lawsuits were filed in the weeks and months following the announcement.

In January 2021, the company paid a $5.1 million fine to settle potential HIPAA violations.

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Courtenay Brammar

Experienced global enterprise risk and governance professional. Previously Vice President at Morgan Stanley, Deloitte Risk Advisory practitioner and PRMIA steering committee member in both London and New York.

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Excellus Health Plan, Inc.

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