Attorney General Hood warns Mississippi residents of data breach - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Attorney General Hood warns Mississippi residents of data breach

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians today of a recent data breach reported by Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (CHS) affecting at least 4.5 million patients nationwide.

On August 19, 2014, Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, commonly known by its trade names CHS and Community Health Systems, publicly reported a data breach affecting at least 4.5 million patients nationwide.

CHS confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external criminal cyber-attack in April and June 2014. According to CHS, the hackers gained access to patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.

The stolen data did NOT include patient credit card, medical or clinical information.

CHS also indicated the data breach occurred in physician practices affiliated with the company, not in its hospitals.

Any Mississippi resident who has used a CHS-related medical provider or who has been referred to one in the past five years is advised to check their credit history and monitor their accounts. CHS recently sent letters to consumers whose information was taken in the data breach, informing them of the breach and how to enroll for free identity theft protection.

The entity is offering free credit monitoring services which consumers are strongly encouraged to use.

Under Mississippi law, a company which retains a consumer's personal information must protect it, and if the information is obtained by a third party for fraudulent purposes or in a manner which could cause harm to the consumer, then the company must notify the consumer. 

"We appreciate CHS taking action and providing the sufficient tools and services to help consumers who have fallen victim to this scam," said Attorney General Hood.

Anyone with complaints, regarding difficulty obtaining information on this matter, the notice they received or the credit monitoring offered, can complete a complaint form found at www.agjimhood.com or contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-281-4418.

Anyone who suspects they have been a victim of identity theft or any other scam should contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-281-4418.

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