Companies and end-users alike are constantly living in fear of the malicious hacker, but as the latest example shows us, the worst enemy of our privacy and security is often human error. In this case, a programming error exposed almost a quarter of a million medical records at Anthem Blue Cross. eSecurity Planet takes a look.
A sloppy Web site upgrade is being blamed this week for a data breach that left the most sensitive personal information of more than 230,000 Anthem Blue Cross members exposed for more than five months.
Anthem officials said its corporate website had been revamped in October by a third-party vendor that, according to the health insurer, failed to secure sections of the site to ensure visitors couldn’t access members’ medical records and Social Security numbers.