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Obama’s cybersecurity advisor calls Anthem hack ‘quite concerning,’ masters understatement


Obama’s cybersecurity advisor calls Anthem hack ‘quite concerning,’ masters understatement
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President Obama’s cybersecurity advisor, Michael Daniel, has called the attack on Anthem, the US’s second largest health insurer, “quite concerning,” reports Reuters.

Speaking at a seminar organized by Bloomberg Government, he said: “Obviously it’s quite concerning that we would have yet another intrusion of this size. It’s particularly disturbing especially when it hits that many people.”

Daniel, who is Cybersecurity Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President, went on to advise those affected to change their passwords and monitor their credit scores. He declined to comment further on the breach, which is being investigated by the FBI.

Last month, President Obama proposed a law requiring companies to disclose data breaches within 30-days. Anthem revealed the latest incident within a week.

Obama cyber adviser calls Anthem hack ‘quite concerning’ [Reuters]

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