ALERT! Hospital Network Hacked ALERT!

Published On August 18, 2014 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts

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Community Health Systems, a for profit hospital network operating hospitals across the nation announced today that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

Hackers broke into the company’s network and gained access to patient names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.

Patients who received treatment from any of the company’s hospitals or were referred to the hospital by their doctor in the last five years is affected by this breach.

Data breaches of this size leave the former and current patients at risk of identity fraud. With the stolen data criminals can open bank accounts and credit cards or take out loans in the victims name and potentially destroy the victims personal credit history.

Community Health  Systems operates hospitals in 28 states with most of their facilities located in  Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

In response to the breach Community Health Systems (CYH) has enlisted the help of cybersecurity experts Mandiant to investigate the hack. Mandiant experts determined the hackers were in China and used highly sophisticated malware to launch the attacks in April and June this year.

FBI representatives said that the agency is working closely with the hospital network and “committing significant resources and efforts to target, disrupt, dismantle and arrest the perpetrators.”

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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