Premera Blue Cross says data breach could affect 11 million people

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, says it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people.

The company says hackers gained access to its information technology systems. The breach could have exposed members’ information including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, member ID numbers and bank account information.

It says claims information, including clinical information as well as the personal information of people who did business with Premera, could also have been exposed.

The Mountlake Terrace, Washington, company says it has not found evidence that data was removed from its systems or that customer information has been used inappropriately.

The attack occurred May 5 and Premera discovered it Jan. 29. Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler released this statement yesterday.

Premera notified me this morning about a cyberattack affecting more than 6 million of its Washington customers and assured me they are taking all necessary steps to alert impacted consumers and to protect their confidential information. They also committed to take all necessary steps to bolster their security systems against future attacks.

I shared my immediate concern that consumers be notified as soon as possible about this data breach and that Premera make all resources available to protect consumers’ personal data.

I’m concerned that while Premera learned of this attack in January, it took approximately six weeks to notify my office. I understand that the company was working closely with the FBI and cyberattack experts to clean their system of the infection. Premera has assured me that there is no evidence to date that any information was removed from their system or that any data has been used.

The company described the steps it is taking to notify policyholders and to set up credit monitoring for everyone impacted. We will be closely monitoring the company’s response including:

  • Reviewing the notices to consumers about the steps the company is providing to protect their personal data.
  • Ensuring the company is taking appropriate steps to protect consumers’ personal data.
  • Getting updated progress reports on their communication efforts to affected consumers.
  • Examining all steps the company is taking to bolster its security system.

I urge all consumers who receive notice from Premera Blue Cross or LifeWise about this cyberattack to review it carefully and follow all steps outlined to ensure they’re protected. Additional information can be found at www.premeraupdate.com

Insurance regulators across the country are on high alert given the recent data breach at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and are working closely to review what occurred and will be looking further into Anthem’s past practices.

In light of these recent attacks, I will be requesting that all insurers doing business in Washington state review their own cybersecurity and take appropriate measures to protect their enrollees’ personal data.

Kraft recalls boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner due to possible metal shards

NORTHFIELD, Ill., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2″ directly below the date on each individual box.  The “C2″ refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

Some of these products have also been packed in multi-pack units that have a range of different code dates and manufacturing codes on the external packaging (box or shrink-wrap), depending on the package configuration (see table below).

Recalled product was shipped to customers in the U.S. and several other countries, excluding Canada.  The affected dates of this product were sold in only these four configurations:

  • 7.25 oz. box, Original flavor
  • 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 4-pack  shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

The following is being recalled:

Product Size Name of Product Sell Unit 

Best When Used By Code Date &
Mfr. Code

Individual Box

Best When Used By Code Date & Mfr. Code


Individual

Box UPC



Multi-Pack Unit
UPC
7.25 oz. each Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
NA

 

18 SEP 2015  C2

through

11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 NA
3-Pack Box
(Three 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 21.75 oz.
3-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
09 SEP 2015 XDG
27 SEP 2015 XDG

01 OCT 2015 XDG

02 OCT 2015 XDG

03 OCT 2015 XDG

20 NOV 2015 XDG

18 SEP 2015  C2

through

11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 0 21000 05076 5
4-Pack

Shrink–wrap

(Four 7.25 oz. Boxes)

Net Wt. 29 oz.

4-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
18 SEP 2015 C2

19 SEP 2015 C2

08 OCT 2015 C2

18 SEP 2015  C2

through

11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 0 21000 72540 3

 

5-Pack
Shrink-wrap
(Five 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 36.25 oz.
5-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
18 SEP 2015

through

11 OCT 2015

XAR or C2

18 SEP 2015  C2

through

11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 0 21000 77436 4

No other sizes, varieties or pasta shapes and no other packaging configurations are included in this recall.  And no products with manufacturing codes other than “C2″ below the code date on the individual box are included in this recall.

Kraft has received eight consumer contacts about this product from the impacted line within this range of code dates and no injuries have been reported.  We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed.

The recalled product was shipped by Kraft to customers nationwide in the U.S.  The product was also distributed toPuerto Rico and some Caribbean and South American countries — but not to Canada.

Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it.  They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.  Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern) for a full refund.

KRAFT FOODS GROUP VOLUNTARILY RECALLS SELECT CODE DATES AND MANUFACTURING CODES OF KRAFT MACARONI & CHEESE BOXED DINNERS DUE TO POSSIBLE METAL PIECES

ABOUT KRAFT FOODS GROUP
Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion.  The company’s iconic brands include Kraft,Capri Sun, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Velveeta.  Kraft’s22,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada have a passion for making the foods and beverages people love.  Kraftis a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the NASDAQ-100 indices.  For more information about Kraft, visitwww.kraftfoodsgroup.com and www.facebook.com/kraft.

Kraft Foods Group.

Elma mother restrains man arrested on investigation of rape of a child charges

Elma police arrested a man over the weekend on suspected rape of a child charges, the Department reports on Saturday they investigated a missing child report, officers were told that the girl probably snuck out to meet a much older man. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports in the early morning hours of 03/16/15, a 12 year old female from within the city limits of Elma left her residence without her parent’s permission. The mother of the child had heard the child leave and reported her missing to Elma PD, prior to going out and looking for her. The mother of the child observed a suspicious 2012 Honda Civic parked just off of the road in the 1500 block of Bailey Road (Elma), which was not far from the mother’s residence, and noticed people in the back seat. Upon looking into the situation further, the mother discovered that her 12 year old daughter was in the back seat of the car with a man later determined to be 23 years of age. The mother had her daughter removed from the vehicle and a discussion occurred between the man and the mother regarding the age of the child. When the man attempted to leave, the mother used physical force to restrain the 23 year old man and subsequently obtained the keys to the car. Elma PD and Sheriff Deputies arrived shortly thereafter.

Investigating officers determined that the 12 year old child learned of the 23 year old man through a friend of the child’s. It appeared that the child had been communicating with the man through an Instant Messaging application known as KIK. The man was arrested by Sheriff Deputies and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where he was booked for Rape of a Child 2nd degree. The child was taken to a Lacey area hospital for further treatment / examination.

The man is from Texas however currently enlisted in the military and stationed out of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Investigators are working with military investigators to see if there are potentially more victims. This is an ongoing investigation.

 

UPDATE: Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells KBKW that the man has been charged with one count of Rape in the Second degree, and has released his name as Anthony Eloy Perez.

Aberdeen Police looking for car described after drive by shooting

Aberdeen Police responded to a shots fired complaint overnight at the Meadows Apartments in the 1700 block of Boone street.
Radio traffic indicates a suspect was gone when they arrived around 10:30 last night, an attempt to locate was broadcast describing a 20 year old white man, with short hair – possibly blonde, and a beard, wearing a t-shirt and armed with a 45 caliber, last seen driving toward Westport on State Route 105 in a light silver 2006 (or-so) 4-door Dodge Charger.

Police Captain John Green reports at 10:14 P.M., there was a report of a drive by shooting involving an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot in front of 1735 S. Boone Street. The victims vehicle is a 1998 Honda Accord. It was struck with multiple rounds from a large caliber firearm.

The associated suspect is a light silver older style Dodge Charger or Avenger (the taillights are separate). No plate info. The vehicle was last seen leaving on South Boone St towards Westport.

The driver was described as a mid 20’s white male with possibly blonde hair and facial hair, and a larger build.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180.

Mason County man claims he accidentally shot wife while cleaning weapon

A Mason County man accidentally shot his wife while cleaning a firearm at their home yesterday, according to police reports. Detective William Adam tells us the man called 911 just before 5 Monday evening claiming that while he was cleaning his firearm, he accidentally shot his wife.The first Deputy Sheriff that responded to the home in the 100 block of SE Evan Blvd., about 2 miles southeast of Shelton, began performing CPR on the woman. Fire Rescue/Aid Medics and EMS arrived on the scene where the woman, 67 year old Jeannie Crandell was pronounced deceased.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded and began a homicide investigation. 67 year old Gary Crandell provided a statement and was later booked into the Mason County Jail for investigation of Negligent Homicide/Manslaughter 1st Degree.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell authorized the release of Jeannie’s name when he verified that family members had been contacted. Some of the immediate family members later responded to the residence.

Gary Crandell will stand before a Mason County Superior Court Judge sometime today, but no other information is available due to the ongoing investigation.

Pacific County Structure fire blocks State Route 105 Tuesday morning

Traffic is moving again around a structure fire South of Grayland that blocked both lanes of State Route 105 earlier this morning. The Washington State Department of Transportation reports both lanes are blocked at milepost 26 near the Grays Harbor and Pacific County line. More details are expected later today on the fire that was reported just before 6 this morning.

UPDATE: The roadway has been cleared. More details are expected soon on the fire.

Over 400 Grays Harbor families helped since heavy rains, flooding, and landslides of early January

Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) has worked with over 400 families since the January 5 rainstorm, flooding and mudslides. Twenty cases remain open and work is continuing.

The Washington Conservation Corps worked with 83 area homes and put in a total of 2600 hours of labor. The Conservation Corps was funded through the Washington State Department of Ecology. As of last week, the Conservation Corps has completed their work and has left the remaining projects in the hands of local volunteer groups and community organizations.

CCAP will continue to manage the remaining flood cases with the assistance of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and NeighborWorks with funds from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and United Way of Grays Harbor.

Grays Harbor County, the City of Aberdeen and the City of Hoquiam extend their thank you to Immanuel Baptist Church and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for providing housing, meals and shower facilities for the Conservation Corps.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is continuing to collect donations on behalf of the flood recovery efforts. Checks can be made payable to Grays Harbor Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund and mailed to PO Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

Aberdeen Safeway store among Washington’s “Luckiest” for Lotto

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, Washington’s Lottery announced its annual list of “Luckiest Stores” – retail locations that sold the most winning tickets worth $1,000 or more in the previous year. Lottery officials released a “Luckiest Stores” list for six regions around the state, including Tri-Cities, Puget Sound, Olympic Peninsula, Eastern Washington, Southwest Washington, and Central Washington.

With six big wins in 2014, five retailers around the Olympic Peninsula take the top spots.

“We love offering customers a chance to play Washington’s Lottery,” said Carl Roberson, Store Manager at the Belfair QFC. “For a lot of customers, this is their store – the one stop shop where they can do everything, and we’re honored to be their ‘lucky store!’”

The top 10 “Luckiest Stores” around the Olympic Peninsula are:

6 Big Wins: QFC at 201 NE State Route 300 in Belfair

6 Big Wins: Fred Meyer at 5050 State Highway 303 NE Bremerton

6 Big Wins: Fred Meyer at 1900 SE Sedgwick Rd in Port Orchard

6 Big Wins: Penny Saver Mart at 2140 E Sims Way in Port Townsend

6 Big Wins: QFC at 1890 Irondale Rd in Port Hadlock

5 Big Wins: Port Orchard Market Chevron at 5455 Sidney Rd SW in Port Orchard

5 Big Wins: Safeway Store at 3355 Bethel Rd SE in Port Orchard

5 Big Wins: Safeway Store at 680 W Washington St Bldg F in Sequim

5 Big Wins: Safeway Store at 221 W Heron St in Aberdeen

4 Big Wins: Safeway Store at 19245 10th Ave NE in Poulsbo

When winners from the Olympic Peninsula region were asked how they plan to spend the money, here is what they shared:

“Pay for my daughter’s college fund.” – Anonymous, Langley

“We’re going to completely redo our kitchen!” – L. McAllister, Hoquiam

To learn more about Washington’s Lottery and for all up-to-date winning numbers, please visit walottery.com.

WASHINGTON’S LOTTERY: Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state’s Lottery offers consumers several types of games: Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, The Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit www.walottery.com or join our online community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walottery and follow us on Twitter @walottery.

Coho fry lost after equipment fails at Kalama Falls Hatchery

An estimated 200,000 coho salmon fry died last week after a generator and pump systems failed at the Kalama Falls Hatchery in Cowlitz County.

The salmon fry suffocated March 9 after a generator failed, destroying one pump and damaging two others, which reduced the flow of water to the hatchery’s incubation room, said Cindy Le Fleur, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Le Fleur estimates that approximately two-thirds of the hatchery’s 2014 late coho fry, measuring about an inch long, were lost.

“We don’t have a firm estimate yet, because some of the fish that survived are in a delicate condition and we don’t want to disturb them to count the survivors,” she said.

Le Fleur said approximately 1.1 million fall chinook and 500,000 spring chinook fry have been moved to state hatcheries on the Lewis River as a safeguard, while WDFW personnel work to repair the damaged pumps.

“We hope to have things back in operation at the Kalama Falls Hatchery by the end of this week,” she said.

Built in 1959, the Kalama Falls Hatchery raises spring and fall chinook, late coho and summer and winter steelhead.

Visit Washington state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

Washington State Parks turns 102 years old on Thursday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

With the 2015 spring and summer seasons just around the corner, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds the public that there are recreation opportunities available in more than 100 parks, trails and recreation sites all over the state. March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park.

“These free days are great way for people to explore a new park or return to an old favorite,” said Commission Chair Pat Lantz of Gig Harbor. “Once people realize just what they have in Washington state parks, we hope they consider buying a Discover Pass. Revenues from the pass are so important; they help keep our parks open and accessible.”

For information about Discover Pass, visit online at www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. Discover Pass is required to access DFW and DNR Lands on State Parks free days.

The remaining 2015 State Parks free days are as follows:

  • April 4 – (Saturday) A springtime free Saturday
  • April 22 – (Wednesday) Earth Day
  • May 10 – (Sunday) A springtime free Sunday
  • June 6 – (Saturday) National Trails Day
  • June 13 – (Saturday) National Get Outdoors Day
  • August 25 – (Tuesday) National Park Service’s 99th birthday
  • September 26 – (Saturday) National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – (Wednesday) Veterans Day

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations; day access is included in the overnight fee. The Discover Pass does not replace the Sno-park permit requirement for use of Sno-Park winter recreation sites.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site atwww.AdventureAwaits.com.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visitwww.discoverpass.wa.gov.