FireEye Pops Following Massive Data Breach At Anthem
Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM), the second-largest U.S. health insurer by market value, on Thursday reported it has been a victim of a data breach affecting tens of millions of current and former customers and employees, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Included in the breach was personal data including names, birthdays, street addresses, social security numbers, employment information and income data. The company did say, however say that no financial information such as credit card details were compromised.
Vitor De Souza, a spokesperson for FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE), said that it is not known where the attack came from or how hackers gained access to the system. The company's Mandian division was hired to investigate the breach and has already sent experts to Anthem's headquarters.
"We have seen a large uptick in healthcare attacks – healthcare is now a common vector of attack," De Souza told Bloomberg. "You have your traditional ones, government, finance, high-tech and critical infrastructure are dominating, but healthcare and legal stand out as among the fastest-growing attack vectors in the world."
De Souza also added that it was "rare" that the company spotted the breach itself, instead of a third party such as a bank or credit card company.
Shares of FireEye popped higher on Thursday following the data breach and comments from FireEye. Shares traded recently at $36.36, up 5.3 percent.
Shares of Anthem were trading slightly lower.
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