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8 South Carolina hospitals may be compromised in data hack

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The hospital records of more than 4.5 million Americans may be in the hands of Chinese hackers who gained access to a system carrying personal information.

Community Health Systems, which operates more than 200 hospitals in nearly 30 states, including eight in South Carolina, says computer hackers stole patient data between April and June, but they did not discover the hack until July.

"The Company and its forensic expert, Mandiant (a FireEye Company), believe the attacker was an "Advanced Persistent Threat" group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the Company's systems. The attacker was able to bypass the Company's security measures and successfully copy and transfer certain data outside the Company," said a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Community Health's hospitals in South Carolina include: Mary Black Memorial in Spartanburg; Chester Regional Medical Center in Chester; Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster; Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville; Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw; Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville; Carolinas Hospital System in Florence; and Carolinas Hospital System in Mullins. 

The compromised information includes Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays, and telephone numbers.

Community Health says anyone who received treatment from a physician's office tied to a network-owned hospital, or was referred there by an outside doctor is affected and they plan to notify patients.

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