There's no scarier hack than cybercrooks stealing your Social Security number. With it, they can steal and re-steal your ID; it can take years to get your identity back.
We just learned about a new hack that affects 3.9 million people's personal information. And, you guessed it, it includes stolen Social Security numbers, as well as medical records and home addresses.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned that the medical records of Medical Informatics Engineering's customers were hacked on July 25. The Indiana company has been alerting its customers. But the news about this dangerous and frightening ID theft is just now reaching much of the public.
Wondering what to do if your ID is stolen? For this attack, the authorities have warned people affected by this cyberattack to freeze their credit.
To find out how to freeze your credit, read these instructions from the Federal Trade Commission. Even if you're not affected by this specific cybercrime, you should proactively protect your identity.
Meantime, Medical Informatics Engineering has told its customers that it is enhancing the way it protects customers' IDs. That includes a universal password reset, improving its monitoring systems and sharing information with law enforcement agencies.