State urges check of credit to halt ID theft

In light of news that hackers obtained personal information about millions of customers of a health care provider, the Indiana Attorney General is urging residents to take steps to see if they were affected.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller urged anyone who was potentially affected by this incident to review their credit reports for any unauthorized activity which occurred in the past five years.

The breach of Community Health Systems’ patient information affected at least 4.5 million people across the nation.

The company has several hospitals in northern Indiana and is the parent company for Lutheran Health Network.

The company said the breach resulted in patient’s names, addresses, birthdates, phone numbers and Social Security numbers being obtained, according to the attorney general’s office.

Community Health Systems is offering one year of free credit monitoring for patients.

Zoeller also recommended patients freeze their credit report, which can block an identity thief from opening a new credit card or obtaining credit for some other purchase in that person’s name.

For instruction, visit www.indianaconsumer.com/idtheft or call 800-382-5516.

People with questions specifically about the Community Health Systems hacking can call 855-205-6951.

cmeyers@jg.net

Article source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140907/LOCAL/309079892

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