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      Local victims of hospital data breach to receive letters

      After a cyber-attack hit a Heartland hospital, the parent company of Northeast Regional Medical Center is now sending out letters to victims of their security breach that occurred earlier this month.

      Community Health Systems, the largest rural healthcare provider in the nation, provides details in the letters on the free identity theft restoration and protection they promised following the cyber-attack.

      The protection is available through Kroll Identity Theft Protection Services in a free, one-year program which will monitor every use of a victim's name, social security number, and other private information. The program will also notify victims of any suspicious activity.

      Patients of Northeast Regional Medical Center were told that limited personal identification could have been transferred out in the criminal cyber-attack.

      Kroll will also provide free, unlimited consultation with a legal team that can help any victims through the process of fighting fraudulent use, stopping false charges, and restoring their identities.

      KTVO has obtained a copy of the letter, and it is available here.