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Community Health Systems Hacked; Info Stolen From 4.5 Million Patients

By    |   Monday, 18 Aug 2014 05:02 PM

Community Health Systems Inc. reported Monday that hackers invaded hospital records and stole information on 4.5 million patients, including social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses.

The company, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, filed a statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which said the cyber attacks occurred in April and June this year.

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Stating that CHS and a forensic expert hired to help defuse the threat, FireEye Inc.’s Mandiant unit, believe the group “used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the Company’s systems,” the SEC filing said CHS is working closely with federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the situation.

Identifying the suspected hackers as an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group from China, CHS said in the filing that all of the malware has been removed from its system.

“In this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the Company’s physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5 million individuals who, in the last five years, were referred for or received services from physicians affiliated with the Company,” the SEC filing said. “The Company has confirmed that this data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information; the data is, however, considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) because it includes patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.”

Charles Carmakal, managing director of Mandiant, told Reuters that the suspected Chinese hackers have breached other industries in the United States.

“They have fairly advanced techniques for breaking into organizations as well as maintaining access for fairly long periods of times without getting detected," he told Reuters, but refused to name the group.

An unnamed official with the Department of Homeland Security told Reuters that details of the attack were given to healthcare providers, although it is believed CHS is the only one involved at this point.

“While attribution of this incident is still being determined by a range of partners, we caution against leaping to premature conclusions about who or how many actors are behind these activities,” the official told Reuters.

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Community Health Systems Inc. reported Monday that hackers invaded hospital records and stole information on 4.5 million patients, including social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses.
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