- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state insurance official says officials continue to investigate the number of Iowans affected by a data breach at health insurer Anthem Inc.

Iowa Assistant Insurance Commissioner Tom O’Meara says Friday the company discovered a cyberattack into a database containing the personal information for 80 million people. The health insurance provider says hackers gained access to names, birthdates, email addresses, Social Security numbers and other information of people who are currently covered or previously had coverage.

O’Meara says the number of Iowans whose information has been compromised is unknown but that Anthem has two companies doing business in Iowa, one of which provides policies for more than 1 million people.

Anthem is notifying each person affected by the breach. O’Meara says instances of identity theft haven’t yet been reported.

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