Cyber Attack Community Health’s Data Base Affects 4.5 Million Patients

Hospital operating company Community Health, Inc. recently announced it was the target of a “highly sophisticated malware and technology attack” during the months of April and June. The attack is believed to have originated in China, ultimately affecting about 4.5 million people. The hacker was able to bypass the company’s security measures and copy data including “patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.” The information taken was described as being solely “non-medical,” Patient medical information, as well as credit card numbers were allegedly not compromised. The company has begun to notify patients of the breach and is offering identity theft protection to affected patients.

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