Security breach at Mercy Iowa City Hospital leaves Iowans vulnerable to identity theft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) – A security breach at Mercy Iowa City Hospital may have left thousands of Iowans vulnerable to identity theft. Unauthorized access to a hospital email account may have revealed the personal information of 60,473 residents of Iowa, officials revealed in a letter to those potentially affected. According to the letter, the names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, medical treatment information, and health insurance information could have been revealed in the incident. Mercy officials have not been made aware of any instances of identity theft related to this data breach, according to the letter. In cases where a Social Security number or driver’s license number was revealed, the company is providing a year of complimentary identity theft protection through a third-party. The hospital said that it has taken steps to prevent similar incidents in the future, as reported at KCRG-TV9.