Major U.S Hospital Operator Falls Victim to Security Breach

Community Health Systems announced that it has had a major security breach which put their data at risk. Hackers based in China broke into the system and stole 4.5 million patients’ data and information.

According to, the hackers used “highly sophisticated malware” to bypass the hospital operator’s security measures and attack its systems. The U.S. federal law enforcement is working on the case and apparently knows the identity of the group, although that information has not been made public yet. The information that hackers stole include Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, birth dates, addresses and patient names. No financial or medical information was stolen.

Based in Franklin, Tennessee, Community Health Systems is one of the largest hospital operators in the U.S. It has 206 hospitals in 29 states that span from the east to west coast. This security breach is marked as the second largest in the U.S. medical industry in the last few years. The largest security breach involved 4.9 million patients’ information being stolen from Science Applications Disclosed, and happened in 2011. The breach occurred when tape backups from 1992 through September 2011 were lost.

A similar incident happened in 2013 when a computer from Advocate Medical Group was stolen which contained information on 4 million patients.

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