An applicant for Anthem Blue Cross insurance has sued the giant insurer over allegations that it failed to protect his confidential information from computer hackers who gained access to the company's internal records earlier this year.
The lawsuit, filed by Patrick Magorien of Sacramento, stems from a security breach involving attorneys who were suing Anthem and gained access to private information of people who had applied for insurance.
Magorien says in his lawsuit that his Social Security number, address and credit card numbers were released, potentially exposing him to identity theft. Magorien had also provided personal medical information to Anthem when he applied for insurance in June 2009.
His suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks class action status on behalf of others whose personal data were compromised.