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Class-action suit filed against CHS following breach
By Nashville Business Journal | August 26, 2014
Five Alabama residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against Brentwood, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems following last week's announcement that the nonmedical personal information of 4.5 million patients had been breached by Chinese hackers.
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Records of more than 6,000 patients taken from California hospital
By Times of San Diego | August 25, 2014
The hospital records of approximately 6,500 patients were removed without authorization from the premises of Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., on Aug. 8, the hospital announced. A former employee took emergency department logs of patients who had been admitted to the hospital or...
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Cedars-Sinai reports possible breach of patients' medical data
By Los Angeles Times | August 25, 2014
Medical records and other data may have been compromised for at least 500 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the hospital said Friday, after an employee's laptop computer was stolen.
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Huge CHS data hack puts hospitals on high alert
By Joseph Conn | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The lesson for healthcare executives from the news last week that Community Health Systems suffered the worst electronic records hack in healthcare privacy history is that constant vigilance—and lots more money—are needed to keep the same type of catastrophic breach from happening to...
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Vital Signs
Heartbleed poses big dangers for health IT systems
By Joseph Conn | August 22, 2014
The likelihood is high there are more healthcare organizations besides Community Health Systems that have been made vulnerable by Heartbleed and other undetected intrusions, security experts agree. Where did Heartbleed come from? And exactly how much damage is it causing to health IT systems?
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How Heartbleed was linked to the CHS data breach
By Joseph Conn | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The person at the heart of the Heartbleed story this week is David Kennedy, founder and CEO of Strongsville, Ohio, security firm TrustedSec. A blog post on Kennedy's firm's website is where the health IT world first heard the claim that the infamous Heartbleed vulnerability provided the pathway...
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Vital Signs
Suspicion falls on Heartbleed in CHS hack
By Joseph Conn | August 21, 2014
It seems that healthcare information technology security specialists may have been right back in April when they warned that healthcare data systems were at risk from the then-newly discovered Heartbleed vulnerability.
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90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients' data
By CNN Money | August 21, 2014
Recent numbers show 90% of healthcare organizations have exposed their patients' data—or had it stolen—in 2012 and 2013, according to privacy researchers at the Ponemon Institute.
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Vital Signs
RAND report takes you on a trip to dark side (of cybercrime)
By Joseph Conn | August 20, 2014
It's not Elmore Leonard, but for the average health information technology reader, a new RAND report, Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data: Hackers' Bazaar, is still a gripper.
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Chinese hackers hit Community Health Systems; others vulnerable
By Beth Kutscher and Joseph Conn | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An outside group of hackers targeted Community Health Systems' computer network and stole nonmedical patient data on 4.5 million individuals, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing.
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