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75K Files Accessed in Insurance Exchanges Breach

October 22, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Early last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced some suspicious activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFE), an agent and broker exchanges portal. On October 13, 2018, a CMS staffer noticed the anomalous activity that resulted in the agency declaring a breach on October 16. An unauthorized user reportedly accessed the files of approximately 75,000 individuals. Since learning of the unauthorized activity, the agent and broker accounts in question have been deactivated, according to an October 19 press release. “Our number-one priority is the safety and security of the Americans we serve. We will continue to work around the clock to help those potentially impacted and ensure the protection of consumer information,” said CMS administrator Seema Verma in the press release.