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Hackers steal 4.5 million patient records from Community Health Systems

Community Health Systems suffered a serious data breach earlier this summer.
Community Health Systems suffered a serious data breach earlier this summer.

Community Health Systems, a Tennessee-based health care provider, has given word that 4.5 million patient records have been stolen in a major data breach cyber attack. KYTX reported on Aug. 18, 2014, that the attack happened earlier this summer on Community Health Systems (CHS), a provider which operates 206 hospitals across the United States.

CHS is the parent company for Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

The company said that hackers were able to access information that included:

  • Patient names
  • Birth dates
  • Addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Social Security numbers

So far, reports from CHS state that the data breach did not release information such as credit card numbers or medical history information. Still, the information that has been stolen could put them at risk of identity fraud.

The 4.5 million patient records stolen were of those that were referred or received services from doctors affiliated with the hospital group. The records are from patients that have been involved with Community Health Systems over the past five years.

Komando reports that the referral issue stands for those that haven't even gone to any of the 206 hospital branches. As of now, the hackers that stole the patient records all appear to be based in China.

The FBI is working closely with the hospital network and are currently "committing significant resources and efforts to target, disrupt, dismantle and arrest the perpetrators."

As of yet, CHS has not disclosed if any patient records stolen were in Birmingham or from Trinity were affected.

Patients are being notified by CHS about the attack.

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