Pine Belt patient data possibly stolen in healthcare company cyber attack

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On Monday, Community Health Systems announced the data of 4.5 million patients has been stolen.

The company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, including a dozen in Mississippi.

It released a statement assuring patients that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June.

Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.

The Associated Press said that the company believes the attack came from a group in China that used sophisticated malware and technology to get the information.

Community Health has since removed the malware from its system and has taken precautions to prevent any future attacks.

The information that was taken came from patients who received care from doctors tied to the company within the past five years.

Community Health Systems is notifying patients affected by the attack and offering them identity theft protection services, according to the Associated Press.

According to Community Health Systems' website, these are the hospitals operated by the company in Mississippi:

  • Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi
  • Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson
  • Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon
  • Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory
  • Madison River Oaks Medical Center in Canton
  • Natchez Community Hospital in Natchez
  • Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale
  • River Oaks Hospital in Flowood
  • River Region Health System in Vicksburg
  • Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville
  • Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg
  • Woman's Hospital in Flowood

If you have been a patient at one of these hospitals, it does not necessarily mean you are victim of the cyber attack.

We're working to get more details on the situation and will update you as soon as possible.