March 17, 2015 Premera announced it had been the subject of a sophisticated cyber attack that reached back to 5/5/14. This potentially exposed the personal data of 11 million individuals including members, agents, employees, and others. Premera has set up a website to inform members and others of the extent of the attack and help available. In terms of immediate help, Premera is offering 2 years of free credit monitoring services through Experian, as well as identity theft insurance and identity restoration services. You can sign up for these service immediately via www.premeraupdate.com.
Exposed data may include names, social security numbers, dates of birth, member ID numbers, banking information and medical records. There is no evidence at this time that records were removed from the system.
Premera became aware of the data breach on January 29th. Under advice to enhance their security, clean any remaining malicious bugs from their system and fix the problems before making a public announcement, they waited several weeks to inform the public. The FBI is investigating the cyber attack. This is a distinctly separate attack from the one against Anthem. It is unknown if the attackers are connected.
–Updated 3/18/15 Julia Cooke