Feb 182015
 
 February 18, 2015  Breaches, U.S., Youth & Schools

Herb Weisman reports:

Adults aren’t the only ones who can have their identity stolen.

Tens of millions of American children had their Social Security numbers, date of birth and health care ID numbers stolen in the recent data breach at health insurance giant, Anthem Inc. This exposes these kids to the real risk of identity theft.

“Every terrible outcome that can occur as the result of an identity theft will happen to the children who were on that database,” said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDentityTheft 911. “Criminals will use those stolen Social Security numbers to open accounts, get medical treatment, commit tax fraud, you name it.”

Tim Rohrbaugh, chief experience officer at Identity Guard, calls the Anthem breach “catastrophic” and predicts the stolen information “will be used in waves of financial crimes” against American children for decades.

Read more on NBC.

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