Patients concerned after 2 ETX hospitals get hacked - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Patients concerned after 2 ETX hospitals get hacked

Posted: Updated:
Longview Regional Medical Center is one of 206 hospitals affected nationwide. Longview Regional Medical Center is one of 206 hospitals affected nationwide.
LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Two East Texas hospitals are caught up in a massive hacking scandal. Tennessee-based Community Health Systems announced Monday that records from its more than 200 hospitals were stolen by Chinese cyber attackers.

Longview Regional Medical Center and Lufkin's Woodland Heights Medical Center are both owned by CHS. The company made a legal filing saying it has known about the hacking since July; the actual attack occurred between April and June.

The pool of people potentially affected by this data breach includes anyone who has been cared for at a CHS facility in the last five years. The company said specific medical information is safe but the key ingredients for identity theft have been stolen. Letters will be going out to people affected by the breach.

Longview Regional and Woodland Heights aren't saying how many East Texas patients need to be worried, but a lot of people pass through those doors over the course of five years and former patient Lana Snider is preparing for the worst.

"I wish that they use their knowledge on how to do this for doing something good," she said when she learned about the hacking, adding that she's been the victim of identity theft in the past. "My checking account was got into and they wrote two checks right at Christmas time."

Hospital administrators said the information is limited to names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and social security numbers. They said medical records and credit card numbers are safe.

"We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients," Longview Regional Medical Center Director of Marketing Libby Bryson said.

The hospital also believes there's a possibility no one is at risk for identity theft. CHS's assumption is that the thieves were after corporate secrets.

"Our organization believes the intruder was a foreign-based group out of China that was likely looking for intellectual property," Bryson said. "The intruder used highly sophisticated methods to bypass security systems."

At corporate headquarters in Tennessee company leaders confirmed Monday that the digital leak had been plugged. Just not soon enough for people like Snider.

"I'll be watching everything from now on, you know, checking everything out on your checkingaccountt and anything else you have out there, you have to keep a watch on it," Snider said. "Credit reports, things like that."

Longview Regional's full statement is below:

“Limited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with Longview Regional Medical Center over the past five years was transferred out of our organization in a criminal cyber attack by a foreign-based intruder. 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.

We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients. Though we have no reason to believe that this data would ever be used, all affected patients are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection.

Our organization believes the intruder was a foreign-based group out of China that was likely looking for intellectual property. The intruder used highly sophisticated methods to bypass security systems. The intruder 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.

Many American companies and organizations have been victimized by foreign-based cyber intrusions. It is up to the Federal Government to create a national cyber defense that can prevent this type of criminal invasion from happening in the future.

Patients who are affected will receive a letter notifying them that their data was included and stated within the letter will be a phone number for them to utilize.”

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Thomas Liles indicted on tampering with physical evidence in Quitman toddlers death case

    UPDATE: Thomas Liles indicted on tampering with physical evidence in Quitman toddlers death case

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:20:10 GMT
    Thomas Liles (photo: Wood Co. Jail) Thomas Liles (photo: Wood Co. Jail)
    UPDATE: QUITMAN (KYTX) - A Wood County grand jury has indicted Thomas Wayne Liles on a charge of tampering with physical evidence after his girlfriend's children were found dead July 24, 2014.More >>
    UPDATE: QUITMAN (KYTX) - A Wood County grand jury has indicted Thomas Wayne Liles on a charge of tampering with physical evidence after his girlfriend's children were found dead July 24, 2014. More >>
  • Obama outlines expanded plan to fight Ebola

    Obama outlines expanded plan to fight Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:03:55 GMT
    (Photo: Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images)(Photo: Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images)
    Calling Ebola a threat to both global health and national security threat, President Obama said Tuesday he is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to help contain the deadly virus and prevent it from spreading to the United States and across the globe.More >>
    Calling Ebola a threat to both global health and national security threat, President Obama said Tuesday he is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to help contain the deadly virus and prevent it from spreading to the United States and across the globe.More >>
  • Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son

    Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:18:09 GMT
    HOUSTON (KHOU) -- New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came...More >>
    HOUSTON (KHOU) -- New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.