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Community Health details attack on patient records

Chinese Hackers Steal 4.5M U.S. Hospital Patient Records

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.

The hospital operator said it believes the attack came from a group in China that used sophisticated malware and technology to get the information. Community Health has since removed the malware from its system and finalized "other remediation efforts" to prevent future attacks.

A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press seeking comment on the attacks.

The information that was taken came from patients who were referred to or received care from doctors tied to the company over the past five years.

Community Health Systems Inc. is notifying patients affected by the attack and offering them identity theft protection services. The company owns, leases or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states.

The attack follows other high-profile data security problems that have hit retailers like the e-commerce site eBay and Target Corp. Last year, hackers stole from Target about 40 million debit and credit card numbers and personal information for 70 million people.

Shares of Community Health climbed 38 cents to $51.38 late Monday morning, while broader trading indexes also rose less than 1 percent.

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Fishgirl August 18 2014 at 10:41 PM

Would it be too much to ask for a list of hospitals in this "reporting"? At least the readers would know if their information was stolen - rather than waiting for a letter in the mail; I'm sure CHS is not calling patients.

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bigshadyobama August 18 2014 at 11:48 PM

TOLD YOU OBAMACARE WOULD WORK...

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cernerusa August 18 2014 at 10:57 PM

Let's go back to paper charts...much safer!

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sumo August 19 2014 at 12:58 AM

So much for Obambam's push for electronic records........... Jerk..........

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METROPROCESS August 19 2014 at 1:00 AM

STOP THE VIDEOS. I CAN READ.

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yayabeanes METROPROCESS August 19 2014 at 1:44 PM

Turn them off yourself there are people who are deaf, ya know.

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Susan yayabeanes August 19 2014 at 3:21 PM

Your post makes no sense whatsoever. What does an auto-booting video have to do with someone who's hearing impaired? Deaf people can read, too. Are you aware of that? No, of course you aren't.

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Susan METROPROCESS August 19 2014 at 3:20 PM

I sympathize. I just wish they'd allow us the option to turn them on. You have to remember, that half of the people in this country are too uneducated (or too lazy) to read. Their worlds are ruled with silly little sound bytes.

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Alex August 19 2014 at 12:44 AM

China is just flexing their muscles...showing us what they're capable of. I don't fear an internet shutdown....they use it too. However, where is the list of hospitals and states????? Wow. don't even give us a 'heads up' to get things in order.

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ectullis August 18 2014 at 10:15 PM

Apparentally China isn't content with stealing just our military secrets.

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mtrazzeli ectullis August 18 2014 at 10:37 PM

now when you say china do you actually mean the asian country that cosigned for us to be able to still have credit on the world market because we've exceeded our high credit limit and the dollar is being shunned in favor of more stable currencies?just wondering buddy.

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rostra ectullis August 18 2014 at 10:54 PM

MT, China owns 8% of our debt, not exactly an earth shaking amount. The majority being held by the Medicare and Social Security Funds.

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bchbum63 rostra August 19 2014 at 1:17 AM

You say Medicare and SS funds own the majority of our debt. I say that money, our tax dollars, was removed to fund our bloated spending habits.

Our debt to China has collateral, not so much with Medicare and SS. Big difference.

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debij rostra August 19 2014 at 10:17 AM

Maybe if the morons in Congress would stop giving corporations and the ultra rich a free ride, we wouldn't HAVE that debt and could actually tell China to take a hike. Even a 1 or 2% increase in their taxes would put enough money back into our economy and pay off the debt to China, especially coupled with laws that taxed everything in offshore are a higher rate to "encourage" them to take that money back into the US.

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Jay August 19 2014 at 2:45 AM

Obama wanted medical records computerized and now we are paying the price.

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flowertreebutterf August 19 2014 at 12:41 AM

Sounds like a long delay to inform regarding a serious thing.

eBay did the same thing --- delayed too long regarding hacking.

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Kathy August 19 2014 at 8:05 AM

Just "LOVE" this corner of the computer age. Never had these problems with old-fashioned paper charts. Our computerized, so-called "paperless" society wastes more paper now than ever.

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davidsttsvll Kathy August 19 2014 at 11:35 AM

yeah but it keeps the paper mils and woodsmen working

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