Health Information Management

Community Health Systems hack affects 4.5 million patients

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 25, 2014

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Community Health Systems, Inc., based in Franklin, Tennessee, announced that hackers accessed data of approximately 4.5 million individuals who were referred to or received care from physicians affiliated with the health system over the past five years, according to an August 18 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
Community Health Systems operates 206 hospitals in 29 states. The hackers gained access to patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers, according to the filing.
Community Health Systems and its forensic expert Mandiant believe that the hack was the work of an advanced persistent threat group in China that accessed the health system’s network in April and June 2014. The hackers used malware to bypass security measures and enter the network. The health system and Mandiant removed the malware from the systems after learning about the attack and later implemented safeguards to protect against future attacks of this nature, according to the filing.
 
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.
 



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