ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is taking steps to remedy the latest cyber attacks by providing free credit monitoring as part of the ID theft protection. Identity theft can be a nightmare to fix and repair on your credit report.

Excellus said it knows the issue can be frustrating and is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to affected individuals.

Excellus said this incident affects members, patients and anyone who has done business with various Excellus plans. You have to activate the credit protection on line. has information and the link to sign up for the free service.

The company, Kroll, will web watch for identity information being traded or sold, it will monitor credit information and alert customers of any suspicious activity and will also assist with any fraud alerts and help you resolve any issues.

It's easy to sign up. It'll take less than five minutes to register and activate the plan.

Excellus said it wants to help any way it can. Two years of free ID theft protection is an option for customers.