6:09 am June 30, 2010, by Henry Unger
The state’s largest health insurance company has warned 70,000 Georgians that their personal medical information, Social Security numbers and credit card data may have been wrongly accessed because of a Web site security breach, AJC staffer Craig Schneider reports.
The security problem at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is part of an even larger Web site breach of its parent company, WellPoint, which has sent warning letters to 470,000 people across the country, Schneider writes.
Information was exposed for five months, said company spokeswoman Cindy Sanders. It affected applicants under the age of 65 who were applying for individual policies.
A small number of site users were able to access private information after manipulating the Web address that people applying for insurance use to track the status of their application, she said.
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