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CareFirst notifies 6,800 members of email phishing attack


CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has notified 6,800 members that their personal information may have been compromised as part of an email phishing attack at the beginning of last month.

On March 12, the Maryland insurer determined one of its employees fell victim to a deceptive email campaign. The attackers gained access to the employee’s email and could have potentially viewed personal information for nearly 7,000 members, including member identification numbers. A small number of records included social security numbers, but no financial or medical information was compromised, CareFirst said in an announcement.

“The original phishing message and the resulting spam messages have been forensically examined by CareFirst’s information security team as well as by a 3rd party information security firm,” the company wrote. “CareFirst’s systems in general were also forensically analyzed. There was no evidence of malware in the phishing email or spam and no other suspicious...(continued)

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