Don't be Next: Data Breach Affects 4.5M Healthcare Patients
On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, one of the largest U.S. hospital groups, experienced a “criminal cyber-attack,” compromising the confidential data of 4.5 million patients. Apparently, thieves operating out of China stole patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. Unlike common healthcare data breaches, no medical records or credit cards were stolen.
Although the company plans to notify affected patients and offer identify theft protection to those involved, the stolen data is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). This means patients who find out they’ve been affected could potentially sue the hospital group.
On and on again we’ve discussed just how susceptible the healthcare industry is to data breaches. We might sound like a broken record, but this breach shows how widespread a single company attack can be. Just a few months ago, the FBI issued a private notice to healthcare providers warning them of the industry’s vulnerability and urging them to increase cyber security.
Want to ensure you’re protected? Contact Assurance today for more information on preventing this risk. You don’t want to be next.
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