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Anthem to pay $16 million to OCR in HIPAA settlement

October 26, 2018

Anthem has agreed to pay the Office of Civil Rights $16 million dollars to settle potential HIPAA violations after cyberattacks on the company allegedly exposed the electronic protected health information of 79 million people. This is the largest HIPAA settlement in U.S. history, according to a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services.

A common technique used by hackers is phishing, in which targets are contacted by email by someone posing as a legitimate source (a bank, a coworker, etc.) and asking for personal identifying information. Phishing emails may also ask the target to click on a link or open an attachment, which can lead to the deployment of malware. This information is sometimes used to do harm, such as invading the target’s existing accounts, according to the Federal Trade Commission webpage with information on phishing and ways to avoid traps set by hackers. The page can be found at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/media-resources/identity-theft-and-data-security/phishing-scams.