NC Hospitals Involved in Data Breach
chinese hackers stole data on 4.5 patients
Four North Carolina hospitals were part of a nationwide data breach in which hackers stole data on 4.5 million patients.
Chinese hackers broke into the computer system for Community Health Systems (CHS) sometime in April and June of this year. CHS operates more than 200 hospitals across the country. Four of those hospitals are located in North Carolina: Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville and Martin General Hospital in Williamston.
Patients who received treatment from a physician's office tied to the hospital or were referred there by an outside doctor in the past five years is affected by the breach.
how did they do it?
Cybersecurity firm Mandiant found that the hackers used high-end malware and have, in the past, targeted information about medical devices.
CHS has removed the malware on its computer systems, have taken precautions against further break-ins and is offering identity theft protection to the victims.
Aside from putting an alert on their credit report, there isn't much victims can do. It is possible, however, that CHS could be sued for negligence.