Chinese hackers snatch 4.5 Million patient files from US hospitals2014-08-19 11:50 by Philip
Community Health Systems (CHS), one of the largest healthcare providers in the US that oversees 206 hospitals across America revealed that Chinese hackers accessed names, addresses, and social security numbers of millions of patients.
"Unfortunately, we have joined numerous American companies and institutions who have been victimized by highly sophisticated, criminal cyber-attacks originating out of China. We worked quickly to identify and eradicate the intruder and we are also working closely with federal law enforcement authorities as they pursue the criminals responsible. While we did have security measures in place to protect our computer network and electronically stored information, this attacker used very sophisticated methods to bypass security systems. Importantly, no patient medical or financial information was transferred as a result of this intrusion. The company carries cyber and privacy liability insurance. We do not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on our business or financial results."
The company believes the attacker was "Advanced Persistent Threat" group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company's systems.
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