According to CNN Money online Monday morning, Community Health Systems, the parent company of Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite, had recently been hacked and the information thieves stole information on 4.5 million patients including names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses and other personal info.
In the report, any person who has used services rendered by any of CHS’s facilities, including MVRH, in the past five years could be affected by the breach.
In a release from Rob Fuller, Director of Business Development for MVRH, patients of MVRH may not have been affected.
“Limited personal identification data belonging to some patients, who were seen at Mesa View Medical Group physician clinic over the past five years, was transferred out of our affiliated national data-base in a criminal cyber-attack by a foreign-based intruder. Mesa View Regional Hospital Patient Information Was NOT Compromised. 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,” the release said.
“There is a chance that none of our patients’ information was accessed,” Fuller said in a phone call Tuesday morning. “We should know by the end of the week exactly how many records were affected, and will be sending out notices to those patients immediately.”
Those who were affected will receive the said letter soon, and CHS will offer free identity theft protection.
The release from Fuller on Monday went on to say, “Our organization believes the intruder was a group out of China that was likely looking for intellectual property such as device and equipment manufacturing. The intruder used highly sophisticated methods to bypass security systems. The intruder program 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.”
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