Hackers Hit Hospital Network, 4.5M Patients' Data
Community Health Systems runs 206 hospitals
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2014 12:03 PM CDT
An emergency room entrance is shown in this 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

(Newser) – Hackers hit Community Health Systems, a company that operates 206 hospitals across the United States, accessing the records of some 4.5 million patients, reports CNN. What they got, as per the AP: patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers. That affects anyone treated at any location within the last five years. What they didn't get: medical records or credit card numbers.

CHS says that the hack, which used malware to access data, was likely the work of Chinese hackers and occurred in April and June. It says the malware has since been removed and "other remediation efforts" are in place. CNN notes that CHS has a heavy presence in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. (A list of locations is here, though the site appears to be down currently.)

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Lou Bernardo
Aug 19, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
It's time the authorities take hacking seriously and not treat them like naughty children as if often the case. They need a manditory 20 year sentence with no parole, no chance of ever seeing any device like a computer during that time --- including a TV, radio, stereo, etc.
Aug 18, 2014 4:52 PM CDT
Doesn't matter how much security one has in place as these hackers work this 24/7 and eventually back door all programs. Blaming those hacked is like blaming the victim.
Aug 18, 2014 3:12 PM CDT
They didn't get the credit card info, just the names, addresses, phone and ss#. Maybe they didn't want the credit card info.