Shands of Live Oak Patients Among 4.5 Million Hacked

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Updated by: Charlene Cristobal
August 20, 2014 - 6pm

LIVE OAK, Fla. -- Social Security Numbers, home addresses, phone numbers...these are just some of the things that Chinese hackers have gotten their hands on after hacking into Community Health Systems' network in April and June of this year.

Shands of Live Oak is one of the 206 hospitals that had some of their patients information stolen.

According to officials, if you've been seen from any of the hospitals in the network, including Shands of Live Oak, your information may have been hacked.

In a statement from Shands of Live Oak, they say, "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."

That protection will be offered for a year.

A special call center and 800 number has been set up for patients who have been affected. That number is 855-205-6951. You can also call that number if you would like to confirm that your information was not stolen.

News Release: Associated Press
August 20, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- A company that operates hospitals in north Florida says Chinese hackers have stolen the personal information of 4.5 million patients over the past five years.

Community Health Systems said Monday that hackers stole the names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and telephone numbers of people who were treated at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala and Shands hospitals in Starke, Live Oak and Lake City.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the information taken did not include credit card numbers or medical information.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company says a Chinese hacking group launched a cyberattack in April and June.

The company says it is offering affected patients identity theft protection services.

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