What consumers should know about CareFirst data breach


— Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is advising customers of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield about a data breach that the company last week confirmed had occurred in or around June 2014. CareFirst, Maryland’s largest health insurer has established a website, www.CareFirstAnswers.com, where its members and brokers can receive more information. It has also set up a toll-free number that consumers and brokers may call: 888-451-6562.

Although CareFirst has said that there is no evidence that any personal information accessed in the cyberattack has been misused, the company is offering affected consumers and brokers with two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

With new data breaches being reported on a near-daily basis, Attorney General Frosh encourages consumers to always be vigilant about their personal information and aware of how it may be compromised.

The Office of the Attorney General Identity Theft Unit offers guidance and assistance for protecting yourself against identity theft and what to do if it occurs.

Information can be found at http://www.oag.state.md.us/idtheft/index.htm. Consumers who believe they have been harmed as a result of a data breach and want to file a complaint or seek additional assistance can call 410-576-6491.