Florida Blue Data Breach affects 939 People

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, doing business as Florida Blue, has declared that the PII of a restricted quantity of insurance contenders has been disclosed online.

Florida Blue was warned to the disclosure of patient files in late August and instantly started an inquiry. Florida Blue informs that the inquiry disclosed 475 insurance requests had been supported up to the cloud by an unassociated insurance representative, Real-Time Health Quotes (RTHQ).

The files backup contained agency records and copies of dental, health, and life insurance requests from 2009 to 2014. Those records were left exposed because an unsafe cloud server was utilized to save the backup records. As a result, those records might have been retrieved by the public through the Internet.

Although data access and thievery of personally identifiable information is a probability, Florida Blue has received no information that any of the disclosed info has been utilized for malevolent aims.

The records had information like the names of applicants, demographic information, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical histories, and limited payment and banking information. After the finding that info had been left unsafe, RTHQ took measures to tackle the weakness and the info is no more available to illegal people.

The case was detected by Florida Blue on August 30, 2017, and sick persons were alerted to the breach by post in late October. Although Florida Blue was not accountable for the breach and has no association with RTHQ, impacted candidates have been communicated and provided 2 years of identity thievery safety facilities free of charge. Florida Blue stated it’s still scrutinizing the case and is attempting to learn how RTHQ got the application info and why the info was saved on an unsafe cloud server.

The breach report presented to the Division of Health and Human Services’ OCR indicates 939 people have been affected by the case.