Thursday, August 21, 2014

Community Health Systems hacked, records of nearly 4.5 million patients stolen

The company said this information “does not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information,” but is still protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In response to the breach, the company has notified people whose information was stolen, and is offering them identify theft protection services. Community Health Systems is insured to protect itself from these kinds of attacks, and does not believe its “business or financial results” will be affected.

This is the latest in a string of recent U.S. cybersecurity attacks. The U.S. Investigation Services (USIS), the main provider of background checks in the U.S., reported an attack on its corporate network earlier this month - possibly launched by a foreign power.
It seems like we are seeing huge data breaches on a regular basis. The latest revelation of retail hacking was UPS, where customer credit card information was stolen. 

With data exploitations happening all the time, your personal information and financial security are at great risk. The one in this story involves a medical network.   I just happened to see a segment on Your World with Cavuto on Fox News, where the security in the website is very suspect, according to David Kennedy and Betsy McCaughey:

Well, at least the hackers will probably love Obamacare!

While the hack attacks on businesses and organizations require them to inform the people that were affected, I have to wonder that if the Obamacare website,, was ever hacked, would the government be required to tell us? Just sayin'...

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Community Health Systems hacked, records of nearly 4.5 million patients stolen

Published August 18, 2014

Hospital giant Community Health Systems said on Monday that the personal information of nearly 4.5 million patients was stolen by hackers in an attack believed to originate from China.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported that the hackers used “sophisticated malware” to attack the company’s security systems and copy and transfer hospital data.

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