Lutheran Hospital Parent Company Hacked, 4.5 Million Records Stolen (VIDEO)

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (21Alive) -- Community Health Systems, the parent company of Lutheran Health Network, has been hacked and 4.5 million records are said to be at risk.

CNN Money reports that hackers have gained access to names, social security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays, and telephone numbers.

Officials say that anyone who has received treatment from a CHS network-owned hospital in the last five year or anyone who had been referred by a doctor, is affected. Investigators say they have determined the hackers are based out of China and used sophisticated malware to breach CHS systems this past spring.

Here is a list of CHS affiliated hospitals in the region.

1. Lutheran Hospital External
2. St. Joseph Hospital External
3. Dupont Hospital External
4. The Orthopedic Hospital
5. Bluffton Regional Medical Center
6. Kosciusko Community Hospital
7. Dukes Memorial Hospital
8. Rehabilitation Hospital In Defiance

Lutheran Health Network Statement
Limited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with Lutheran Health Network over the past five years was transferred out of our organization in a criminal cyber-attack by a foreign-based intruder. The transferred information did not include any medical information or credit card information, but it did include names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.

We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients. Though we have no reason to believe that this data would ever be used, all affected patients are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection.

Our organization believes the intruder was a foreign-based group out of China that was likely looking for intellectual property. The intruder used highly sophisticated methods to bypass security systems. The intruder has been eradicated and applications have been deployed to protect against future attacks. We are working with federal law enforcement authorities in their investigation and will support prosecution of those responsible for this attack.

Many American companies and organizations have been victimized by foreign-based cyber intrusions. It is up to the Federal Government to create a national cyber defense that can prevent this type of criminal invasion from happening in the future.

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