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This Time Prominent Hospital Group Falls Prey to Hackers Believed to be Based in China
Date:8/23/2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 23, 2014

On Monday, August 18th, The New York Times (NYT) reported on a data breach suffered by Community Health Systems, which operates over 200 hospitals nationwide, that saw the compromise of 4.5 million records containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like names, phone numbers and social security numbers. According to Mandiant, who was engaged to investigate the incident, the belief is the attack emanated from an advanced group of cyber attackers based in China, who they say are more well known for targeting Intellectual Property, like advanced designs and research, rather than this type of PII. Thankfully, at least actual medical data does not appear to have been compromised. “The healthcare industry is a huge target for hackers,” explains Joe Caruso, founder and CEO/CTO of Global Digital Forensics (GDF), a premier provider of cyber security solutions, “because there is a lot of potential money and/or leverage to be had on many fronts, from the competitive edge which could be gained by stealing confidential R&D and other IP (Intellectual Property), and would certainly pique the interest of foreign state-sponsored attack groups or any other competitor looking for an edge, to very personal medical information which organized criminal groups will be more than happy to exploit to its fullest, as in full blown identity theft, or even targeted social engineering attacks w
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