US health data hack hits 4.5 million

US health data hack hits 4.5 million http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28838661

A major US hospital group said it was the victim of a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of 4.5 million people’s personal data.

The attack, which Community Health Systems believed originated in China, happened in April and June this year.

The data included patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.

The firm, which runs 206 hospitals in 29 states, is now in the process of notifying affected patients.

One security expert warned that the data could be used to steal people’s identity.

The FBI confirmed to news agency Reuters that it was investigating the breach.

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