Superhack! In yet another major cyber-security breach, a U.S. hospital operator has reported that Chinese hackers have broken into its network and stolen personal information on 4.5 million patients.
The Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, filed documents with the SEC indicating the breach. The filing said that Chinese hackers were responsible for the massive cyber-crime.
The company indicated that the hack occurred in April and June of this year. According to the document, a security expert believes an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group used sophisticated malware to attack Community Health Systems computer network. The cyber-thieves are said to have stolen names, addresses, social security numbers, birthdates, telephone numbers, and transferred that information out of the company.
The patient data is said to go back five years, according to the SEC filing.
These latest charges of Chinese hackers continue a trend of major Sino cyber-security breaches. In May, five members of the Chinese military were charged by the U.S. government for hacking into the networks of several major U.S. corporations, and in July another group of Chinese hackers broke into the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, stealing the personal information of millions of governmental employees.