Did anybody here get a letter from the ISDH?

  1. At my work we all got a letter from the Indiana State Department of Health that their database got broken into and all their data compromised. They specifically mentioned CNAs, QMAs, Home health aides, but I don't know if this affected nurses too. Anybody right now can get a job using our certification numbers, commit all kinds of irresponsible acts, maybe even criminal acts. I am going to send a letter requesting them to invalidate my certification number and issue a new one. I feel I have every reason to be upset about this because hackers normally don't break into databases to do good things.
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  3. by   WickedRedRN
    This is very interesting! I just searched the ISBH website and could find nothing about it. Did it happen to mention where you could get more info?

    I still have my CNA, it is still active until 2008, which is listed with the ISBH. Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I believe our nursing licenses are not tied into the ISBH database? I know they are issued through the ISBN via the Professional Licensing Agency, but is this linked to the Board of Health?
  4. by   catlover13
    I too have an active CNA in Indiana, and have not yet seen any letter.

    I'll be curious to see if one comes in the mail.
  5. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    I can't really answer your questions but I can type the 1st paragraph (or more later if you want me to) and give you the telephone number that I was given:

    "The State of Indiana is sorry to inform you that information about you and your status as a Certified Nurse Aide, Qualified Medication Aide, or Home Health Aide was recently accessed illegally from a database used by the State of Indiana's Web site. The personal information included your full name, address, date of birth, aide certification/registration number, and Social Security number. The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into this incident and the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Office of Technology are cooperating fully with that investigation."
    You may call 1-877-249-1146 with questions and concerns.
  6. by   catlover13
    Thanks for the info, it's nice to get a heads up about something lurking out there.

    If you do any follow up, phone calls, etc., I'd love an update.
  7. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    You're welcome and I will update. It is scary, isn't? If you make a profile of somebody breaking into databases you envision a young nerd who is just bored. If you make a profile of somebody breaking into a database for CNAs and QMAs you're all of the sudden faced with a lot of question marks, like, what is this weirdo up to? He's got to be smart or he wouldn't be able to do it. Did somebody pay him to do it? (To be fair it could be a her).
  8. by   WickedRedRN
    Oh man, this is scary....to think that our social security numbers are out there! EEK! I think it is about time to run a credit check and make sure everything is in order then.

    I too, would love to hear any updates you get. I think I may call on Monday too just to find out what the deal is.
  9. by   vampiregirl
    I too received a letter. I'm curious though, when the actual security breach occurred. On the Q&A sheet that was with the letter, it states that the people affected were all certified or registered as of "July 29, 2005".
  10. by   esrun00
    Sorry this is happening to you, it is very scary. I remembered a story on WTHR about a breach in security of a state computer, here is the story. At the end it does mention Professional License Bureau.


  11. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Got a personal call from the State of Indiana and they think Dept. of Justice has caught the guy already. I am sooooo glad and relieved.
  12. by   WickedRedRN
    EXCELLENT!!! I called Equifax and put a fraud alert on my info just in case. I was talking about this at work with a CNA and she had the letter. I got home tonight and guess what was in my mail?
  13. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    I started filling a credit report check and they were asking for info way beyond name, address and social security, plus also a credit card number. I didn't feel comfortable giving them all that online. It didn't even say it was a secure line. I was afraid of defeating the whole purpose of reporting it.
  14. by   WickedRedRN
    This is info from our local paper on the hacking and what to do if you are affected. I called the number for the credit agencies and was able to put the fraud alert on easily. Hope this helps some.....

    If at risk, here’s what to do

    • Monitor your credit report. Each person can obtain a free credit report by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228.

    • You should also contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit report. That bureau will automatically notify the other two major credit bureaus to flag your credit file. A fraud alert flag tells creditors to follow additional procedures before opening or changing accounts in your name.

    Equifax: (800) 525-6285, Experian: (888) 397-3742, TransUnion: (800) 680-7289

    • As a precaution, you can request an identity theft victim information kit from the Indiana State Attorney General’s office at www.indianaconsumer.com

    If a problem is detected . . .

    • Contact the fraud department at one of the three major credit bureaus with the new information you have.

    • Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

    • File a police report with your local police or the police department in the community where the identity theft took place.

    • File a compliant with the Federal Trade Commission, (877) 438-4338