AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The company that operates Trinity Hospital of Augusta says personal information of some of its patients may have been stolen during a cyberattack earlier this year.
Community Health Systems said no medical or credit card information was taken during the attack, which may have happened in April and June. However, the names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers of some patients seen within the last five years were stolen.
Officials at the Tennessee-based company believe the attack originated from a group in China that was probably looking for intellectual property. Company officials said they have removed the intruders and deployed applications to prevent future attacks.
All patients who were affected are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection, company officials said.
Community Health Systems operates 206 hospitals across the U.S., including five in Georgia, according to its website.