UPDATE: Lutheran Health Network Data Breach

Published 08/21 2014 01:54PM

Updated 08/21 2014 02:10PM

An update to story we brought to you earlier this week concerning a massive data breach involving Lutheran Health Network.

Earlier this month, a Tennessee based company, Community Health Systems, which operates Lutheran and over 206 hospitals in over 28 states had it's medical records hacked, leaving almost 4.5 million Americans and their personal information compromised.

As WFFT's Rohma Siddiqui found out, even though no financial information was compromised, many people still could be at risk for identity theft, so how can you ensure your information is secure?

"You should always be worried."

4.5 million medical records compromised and if you visited one of these 7 local medical facilities in Northeast Indiana, you most likely could be a victim.

Bernie Bier, Allen County Homeland Security Director, says you should always be trying to protect your information because cyber security is always changing and is an individual responsibility.

"It's more than likely a system attack."

Bier says the hackers could possibly be interested in that particular security systems because it may be protecting something more valuable somewhere else in our infrastructure network in the United States.

"What's good is that it was caught."

Community Health Systems, the company hacked, operates 206 hospitals across the US.  They are in over 28 states.  In total, 9 medical facilities are operated by CHS here in the Hoosier State.

Neil Fine, a patient with the Lutheran Health Network is worried and says, "Well, it's a little scary but there's nothing I can do."

Chuck Taylor, Section Chief at Identity Theft Office of the Indiana Attorney General says, no credit cards are at risk but because patient's names, social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers were stolen, there is a chance the thieves will use the information to open new accounts.

Taylor says victims will be notified soon.

"I would advise victims to read the notification letter and there's a lot of useful information that's there such as how to contact a credit reporting agency to request a credit freeze."

Indiana is one of two states nationwide which provides consumers free access to a credit freeze.  It's available to everyone and allows you to freeze your credit so no one has access to it without an allotted pin number.

Chuck Taylor gave WFFT some tips on how you can stay safe online.
1.) Always use a secure connection such as a home computer.
2.) Make sure anti malware software, anti virus software, and browsers are up to date.
3.) Monitor financial records regularly like bank statements and credit card statements.
4.) Reach out to the company or file a police report if you notice suspicious activity in accounts.
5.) Only deal with reputable companies

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