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6800 affected in CareFirst phishing incident

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Friday it was hit by a phishing email attack that could have exposed the personal information of 6,800 of the insurer’s members.

Phishing attacks use deceptive emails and websites to convince people to disclose personal information.

The state’s largest insurer said an employee’s email account was compromised by phishing on March 12. The employee’s account was used to send emails to people not associated with CareFirst.

Even though the emails were sent too others, the attackers potentially could have accessed the personal information of 6,800 CareFirst members through the employee’s emails. The personal information that could have been compromised includes names, member identification numbers and date of birth.