President Obama is working to create a new government agency to assess and combat the increasing cyber security threat. According to a senior administration official speaking to Bloomberg, the new agency will act as a central point of discussion among other agencies that handle these sort of attacks.
As many as 80 million records at the major insurance company Anthem were compromised recently in a hack of which the company still does not know the entire scope. The information available to the hackers included social security numbers. It was exactly the sort of information that would be needed to steal identities.
The company emphasized that the information potentially stolen would not relate to insurance claims, overlooking the fact that the data could be used to establish credit accounts under the names of the customers.