Personal Data of 700,000 Individuals in Indiana at Risk in Security Breach

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana collection agency reports that on March 21, eight of its computers were stolen. The computers contain the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and some medical codes of approximately 700,000 people.

The collection agency involved, Central Collection Bureau (CCB), was retained by hundreds of doctors and other companies to collect delinquent bills.

CCB released the following statement regarding the breach:


Dated April 18, 2008

Indiana residents are hereby alerted to a security breach at Central Collection Bureau (CCB), located at 7510 South Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. This breach potentially exposed the personal information, including names, contact information, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, dates of service, and medical procedure codes. These individuals were referred to CCB for debt collection purposes by Indiana businesses, on or before March 20, 2008   Approximately 700,000 files may have been breached.  The businesses that engaged CCB for debt collection during that period of time are listed below.

Please note that only a very small percentage of the individuals who were patients or customers of the businesses below-i.e., those who ultimately were referred for debt collection-would have their personal information included in the CCB database. Other patients and customers of those companies are not affected by this breach.

The theft occurred on Friday, March 21, 2008, at CCB’s location in Indianapolis. On that date, thieves broke into the company’s offices and stole 8 computers, as well as one of its servers (databases). The server was password protected and protected by three locked doors.  The 8 computers did not contain personal information.

CCB promptly contacted the police and is working with the Indiana Attorney General’s office. The company also promptly installed additional locks, a security system, and a motion detection system to help minimize the risk of any further unauthorized access to its information.

CCB apologizes to its clients and all Indiana residents affected by this incident. While the company has no information suggesting that the breach occurred for purposes of identity theft, it nevertheless has contacted the three national credit bureaus to place a fraud alert. It also recommends that individuals place their own free 90-day fraud alert, and obtain a free copy of their credit monitoring report.  Concerned individuals can also take advantage of the credit freeze laws, which allow residents of Indiana and all other states to block anyone from taking out credit (e.g., a loan, or new credit card) in their name.  Please go to the CCB website at, call CCB at 317-887-5165 or 1-800-878-5165 or email CCB at for more information about these options, or for more information about this incident.

Clients of CCB with information on the stolen server include:  Academy Animal Hospital, Advanced Interventional Pain, Advanced Physical Therapy, Alternative Care Experience, Anderson General Surgery, Andrew Dick MD, Anesthesia, Aqua Systems, Associated Billing, “Barbara Sturm, MD”, Brad Sammons DDS, Brien Grow DO, Buchanan Counseling Services, Campion Barrow & Assoc., Cardiothoracis Surgeons, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services, Carl Foster MD, Caryn Guba DDS, Center For Orthopaedic Surgery, Central Indiana Phys Medicine & Rehab, Charles Howe Professional Medical Corp, Charles Kelley III DPM, Charles Kerkhove Jr DDS, Charles Tomich DDS, Chiropractic Thereputics, Citizens Gas & Coke, City of Franklin Ambulance, Clarian Radiology, Clinical Laboratory Physicians, Comdent, Comprecare, Culligan Water Conditioning, Cummins Behavioral Health System, D.E. Kelley DDS, Daniel Feeny MD, David Pennington III MD, David Shaw MD, David Szentes MD, Denture By Design, Dermatopathology Lab, Diagnostic Medicine, Dunlap Urgent Care, Edward J Diekhoff MD, Emily Cline MD, Emergency Medical Group Physicians, Forest Creek Family Dental, Friendly Village of Indy, Gary Hunt DDS, Gary Taylor DDS, Generations In Dentistry, George Small Jr MD, Gial Anesthesiology Service, Grandmas House Child Care, Greg Hardin MD, Hamilton Anesthesia Group, Hearing Center, Henderson Drugs & Home Health, House of Kids, Howard Alig MD, Howard Regional Health System, Indiana Radiology Partners, Indiana Spine Group, Indiana General Surgery, Indiana Medical Network, Indpls Neurosurgical Group, Internal Medicine Plus, JCB Anesthesia & Pain Mgt, Jeffrey Stevens DPM, Jennifer Siegel DDS, JMH Health Affiliates, John Jackson DC, John Norris MD, Johnson Co Anesthesia, Johnson County REMC, Johnson Memorial Hospital, Joseph Meek DDS, Julie Chao MD, Kenny Stall MD, Kerry Mays MD, Kevin Macadaeg MD, Khalil Wakim MD, Kidd Pediatrics, Knowledge Learning Corp, Koehring & Sons, Kokomo Sports Center, Larry Buckel MD, Laura Steiner MD, Laura Stitle MD, Laurette Robey MD, Laverne Tubergen MD, Lawrence Falender DDS, Library Park Immediate Care, Lora Overton DO, Madison Anesthesia Group, Madison Avenue Flower Shop, Mark Ellis DDS, Mark Kahn DDS, Mark Ogle MD, Mark Yamanaka MD, Martinsville Dental Center, Memory Maker Studios, Mere Image Sportswear, Meridian Veterinary Clinic, Methodist Arthritis Physicians, Methodist Medical Group, Michael Arnold DDS, Michael Cozzi MD, Michael Harper, Midamerica Surgery Center, Milto Cleaners, Mitchell Foster MD, Muncie Cataract & Laser Center, Nancy Zinni MD, Northside Surgical Specialists, Northside Anesthesia Services, Northwest Medical Pain Control, Nufinity, Orthopaedic Supplies Inc., Panchapakesan Harlan MD, Paul Batties MD, Paul Johnson DDS, Paul Johnson DDS, Paul Strange MD, Philip Borders MD, Pioneer Anesthesia Consultanta, PT Buntin MD, R.D. McQuiston MD, Rebecca De La Rosa DDS, Richard Herd Jr DDS, Rick Stephens Builder, Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP, Robert Smith MD, Robert’s Salon & Day Spa, Ronald Wines DDS, RW Armstrong, Sandhya Nanda MD, Sarah Akard DDS, Scot Hagadorn MD, South Emerson Anesthesia Assoc., South Emerson Pain Management, South Emerson Surgery Center, Southeast Family Physicians, Southside Animal Hospital, Southside Family Medical Group, Southside Pediatrics, St. Vincent Health and related entities, Stephen Stitle MD, Stephen Szynal DO, Stonehedge Apartments, Stop 11 Animal Hospital, Sun Medical, Surgical Associates of Madison Co, Susan Wagner DDS, Thomas Eads MD, Thomas Ferrara MD, Tim Schafer DDS, University Family Physicians, University Pediatric Associates, University Surgeons, USF Inc, Valle Vista Guidance Center, Valle Vista Hospital, Walker Family Dentistry, Wells & Marvel PC

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