Cyber Attack: Personal Information of Patients Stolen From Lutheran Health Network
A cyber attack took place on Lutheran Health Network's parent company, Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn. The data, which was stolen, also included personal information of patients from Lutheran Health Network.
Now, authorities concerned have sent letters to those patients informing them the same. Alice Robinson, Network Vice-President for planning and marketing released a statement: "The transferred information did not include any medical information or credit card information, but it did include names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers".
The statement read that they do take the security and confidentiality of details of their patients very seriously. The network has apologized for the inconvenience this incident has caused to their patients.
It is considered that this data would not be used. But they have informed their patients through letters and have also offered them free identity theft protection for one year. The letters sent to patients also include suggestions as to how they can protect their identity.
On Monday, Community Health Systems announced that the attack may have happened in April and June. Information of over 4 million patients nationwide was included in the theft. These patients were the one, who over the past five years have either been referred for or received services from physicians associated with the Company. Community Health Systems believes that a group in China is behind this attack. This group is possibly in look for data revelaing information of new ideas and processes.
For the theft, a very advanced malware and technology was used to breach the Community Health's security system. The statement also revealed that the malware has been removed. Community Health is taking steps to ensure the incident does not get repeated.
Lutheran Health's statement unveiled that an investigation is taking place in which federal law enforcement authorities are also involved. The authorities will support in prosecution process as well.
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