The Associated Press October 29, 2010, 5:25PM ET

Ind. AG sues WellPoint for $300K over data breach

The Indiana attorney general's office is suing health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. for $300,000 for waiting months to notify customers that their medical records, credit card numbers and other sensitive information may have been exposed online.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County accuses WellPoint of violating a state law that requires businesses to provide notification of data breaches in a timely manner.

State officials say the personal records were exposed for at least 137 days between last October and March. The suit says WellPoint learned of the problem Feb. 22 but didn't start notifying customers until June.

WellPoint has said 470,000 individual insurance customers might have been affected.

Messages seeking comment were left with WellPoint spokespeople.

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