Reaction to Anthem breach

Topeka (KSNT) –

We saw the data breaches of Sony, Target, and Apple’s iCloud in 2014, and there’s no reason that 2015 wont have similar large-scale breaches.

The latest cyber hack on Anthem could affect as many as 80 million Anthem customers. It’s the biggest breach of the new year so far.

“We think that our members exposure will be relatively small,” reassures Mary Beth Chambers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.

But does that provide any comfort to the public?

“It just seems like part of our existence. If you’re gonna use technology you know there’s going to be some hazards and that’s one of them,” says Topekan, Brad Loveless.

A bit of a nonchalant perspective on security breaches, but one that many Topekans share.

“It’s a little bit scary, but at the same time, it seems that that’s the norm these days. I mean it seems like every week something happens,” says Joe Robinson.

The stolen Anthem information includes names, birthdays, medical ID’s, social security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses, and employment information.

At a meeting in Washington D.C., members of the Senate discussed the urgency of ending breaches.
“In order for consumers to trust retailers banks, and online sales, they need to know their data is secure without abuse,”says Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

And though data security is desired, people know it’s unlikely.

“If you’re real worried about that, then yeah you have to live in a shell. But we aren’t interested in doing that, so you accept the hazards and go with it,” says Loveless.

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