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Hospital Network hacked, Millions Of Records Stolen

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 02:45 PM CDT
Information from CNN Money.

Community Health Systems announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

The network operates 206 hospitals across the United States.

Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers, a report from CNN Money said.

According to the report, anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years, or was referred there by an outside doctor, is affected.

The company's hospitals operate in 28 states but have their most
significant presence in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.


Officials say the breach puts these people at heightened risk of identity fraud.

Community Health Systems (CYH) hired cybersecurity experts at Mandiant to consult on the hack. They have determined the hackers were in China and used high-end, sophisticated malware to launch the attacks sometime in April and June this year, the CNN report said.

The hackers did not manage to steal information related to patients' medical histories, clinical operations or credit cards, the report said.

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