21 August 2014

Millions more personal records stolen

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years -- or was merely referred there by an outside doctor -- is affected.

The large data breach puts these people at heightened risk of identity fraud. That allows criminals open bank accounts and credit cards on their behalf, take out loans and ruin personal credit history.
It never ends...


  1. Thank you for the heads up -- I checked the list of Community Health Systems hospitals and, thank heaven, I was in the other hospital in town.

  2. Stan, would you please provide a link to the source?

    1. Oops. My bad, and I've lost the original. But a quick Google of the first words in the quote suggests it came from CNN Money (link inserted in the text). Tx for the heads-up, Nathan.


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