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Premera Blue Cross cyberattack affects 11 million customers

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On Tuesday, Premera Blue Cross announced it was the target of a major data breach that affects millions of customers, including customers dating back to 2002. On Tuesday, Premera Blue Cross announced it was the target of a major data breach that affects millions of customers, including customers dating back to 2002.
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On Tuesday, Premera Blue Cross announced it was the target of a major data breach that affects millions of customers, including customers dating back to 2002. An investigation revealed the attack happened on May 5, 2014, and went unnoticed until January 29, 2015. 

"I recognize the frustration and concern this news can cause. As much as possible this should be our burden, not yours," said Jeff Roe, Premera Chief Executive Officer.

Cyber attackers could have accessed a customer's name, date of birth, Social Security number, mailing address, email address, telephone number, member identification number, bank account information, and claims information, including clinical information.

Even though cyberattacks and scams are happening more often, there are local services in Spokane residents can use to make sure they're not the next victim.

The Spokane Public Library offers online safety classes for people wanting to know more about protecting their information on the internet.

"We have a couple of online safety, and online privacy classes coming up in our next series," said Eva Silverstone, Spokane Public Library Communications Manager. "Those are perfect ones for you know what is your footprint online, and how can you make sure it's safe."

More information on library classes can be found at:

http://beta.spokanelibrary.org/calendar/find/privacy/

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