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Data breach at insurance company could impact millions

Health insurance giant Anthem said Wednesday that a database holding the personal information of tens of millions of its customers and employees was breached in a cyberattack.

The company, which was still studying the scope of the breach, said hackers accessed a database with 80 million records of past and present customers and employees. The information included names, Social Security numbers, birthdays and addresses, but did not appear to include credit card numbers or medical information.

The attack appeared to have occurred last week. The insurer said it would contact those affected, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The security breach comes on the heels of similar cyberattacks on Target Corp., Home Depot Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

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