GOSHEN – Life-threatening diseases, ailments, and illnesses – doctors at IU Health Goshen Hospital treat it all. But a different kind of virus has the hospital on alert and the personal information of 12,000 people at risk.
"We are very sorry it happened here," said Melanie McDonald, spokesperson for the hospital.
Some patients and people who applied for a job within the last several years using the hospital's website are expected to receive a letter that explains the server that stored their name, addresses and social security numbers was infected with a virus.
McDonald said the virus is common, and very malicious.
"The sad thing is – these days – there are vulnerabilities online," said McDonald.
The hospital can't say for sure that personal data was collected, but because of the virus they do know someone tried to get it.
So if you're one of those people, potentially affected – the Federal Trade Commission wants you to take steps to protect yourself.
The FTC recommends checking your financial statements and credit reports for at least a year and look carefully for charges you did not make.
The hospital and the internet security firm IU Health Goshen is working with have not received word that anyone's information has been affected.
If that changes, the Federal Trade Commission recommends:
- Placing a fraud alert on all of your credit reports.
- Close any fraudulent accounts or accounts that may have been tampered with.
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint.
- File an identity theft report with police.
McDonald said IU Heath Goshen is also footing the bill for a year of credit monitoring and identity theft insurance just in case someone's personal information is affected.
The hospital's patient records are on a separate server that is not connected to the internet. The server infected with a virus only featured job applicant's information and the insurance information for people who pre-registered for outpatient procedures.