Iowa Veterans Home warns nearly 3,000 of data breach
The Iowa Veterans Home announced Friday that it is beginning to notify 2,969 people of a data breach that may have exposed their medical and financial information.
According to a release from the IVH, Google and the state of Iowa were targeted with multiple phishing email campaigns in February and three IVH employees provided their credentials, which gave the hacker access to email accounts.
Officials with the IVH said there is no evidence that the hacker accessed the three employee email accounts before access was blocked, but they are notifying residents, former residents and applicants out of an “overabundance of caution.”
The IVH said information that may have been accessed includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, medical information and Social Security numbers.
The IVH has a toll-free telephone number, 1-800-645-4591, for questions. Anyone who is concerned that personal information may be used by another person can request free credit reports at https://www.annualcreditreport.com or 1-877-322-8228.
Anyone who suspects their identity has been stolen is advised to contact local law enforcement or the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 515-281-5926, or toll-free at 1-888-777-4590.