Western Iowa YMCA loses $54,000 to cyber crime

Published On: Dec 09 2011 10:57:34 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 09 2011 10:58:00 AM CST

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) -- A western Iowa YMCA has been forced to dip into its reserves after computer hackers stole $54,000 from the organization.

The FBI is investigating the theft from the Nishna Valley Family YMCA, which had to delay some planned equipment purchases.

YMCA Executive Director Dan Haynes told KETV the thieves used a computer virus to gain access to the YMCA's checking account.

Computer security experts say this type of theft is not new. They recommend keeping anti-virus software up-to-date. Security experts also say people should avoid opening emails from people they don't know or that they don't expect.

The YMCA sent out letters informing members about the breach. Haynes says there isn't any evidence personal accounts were violated by the thief.