15,000+ people at risk after Ransom Memorial Hospital phishing attack
Personal health information, social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, biometric data, and passport information could all have been exposed to hackers, according to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights reports on September 25, the hospital fell victim to an outside hack that left thousands of people's information affected.
The hospital says, "The attack may have exposed 16,366 individuals, including 15,111 individuals in the state of Kansas."
"The most important thing is that this issue has no impact on patient care,” said Brenda Pfizenmaier, Director of PR, Wellness, Diabetes & Nutrition in a release on the hospital's website. “Security is a top priority for our health care institution. Nothing leads us to believe that this information is in the hands of someone it should not be and there is no indication that any associated information is being bought or sold on the Internet. Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying those potentially affected and offering them one year of credit monitoring at no charge.”
Ransom Memorial Hospital says state and federal investigators are aware of the attack. The hospital says there is no evidence any of the information has been misused at this point.
The hospital says the issue has been fixed and set up a special hotline for potential victims to call to get any questions answered. That number is 877-393-1052.