Two area hospitals caught up in massive data breach - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Two area hospitals caught up in massive data breach

(Source: www.chs.net) (Source: www.chs.net)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Community Health Systems, which operates Lake Area Medical Center in Lake Charles and Byrd Regional in Leesville, has been the victim of a massive data breach.

On Monday, the company announced personal information on more than 4 million patients was taken during cyber attacks in April and June.

The stolen information includes Social Security numbers, patient names, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates. No medical or credit card information was compromised, the company said.

Any patient seen at clinics affiliated with Lake Area Physicians practices over the past five years may have been affected by the data breach.

Patients who received care and hospital services at Lake Area Medical Center are not affected, according to Lisa Guerrero, director of marketing for Lake Area Medical Center.

"Limited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with Lake Area Medical Center over the past five years was transferred out of our organization in a criminal cyber attack by a foreign-based intruder," Guerrero said. "We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients. Though we have no reason to believe that this data would ever be used, all affected patients are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection."

A call center has been established to assist patients who receive a notification letter. The toll-free number is 1-855-205-6951. For additional questions, contact the Lake Area Medical Center at 337-475-4102.

Community Health Systems said the intruder was a foreign-based group out of China that was likely looking for intellectual property.

"The intruder used highly sophisticated methods to bypass security systems," Community Health Systems said. "The intruder has been eradicated and applications have been deployed to protect against future attacks. We are working with federal law enforcement authorities in their investigation and will support prosecution of those responsible for this attack."

Lake Area Medical Center changed its name from Women's and Children Hospital in late January.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:03:50 GMT

    With hurricane season still two weeks away, we’re already keeping an eye of the Gulf of Mexico for not only a slight chance of tropical development, but most especially for a deep surge of tropical moisture that will likely bring a flood threat somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast by this holiday weekend.

    More >>

    With hurricane season still two weeks away, we’re already keeping an eye of the Gulf of Mexico for not only a slight chance of tropical development, but most especially for a deep surge of tropical moisture that will likely bring a flood threat somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast by this holiday weekend.

    More >>
  • Landrieu honored for statue removal

    Landrieu honored for statue removal

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-21 13:53:50 GMT
    Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)
    Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)Jeff Davis Monument (Source: Wikipedia)
    Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu has been honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials.  Landrieu was presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday night in Boston for standing behind his decision to take down four monuments.  The award recognized Landrieu for taking the action despite legal challenges and threats. In May 2017, the City of New Orleans finished removing monuments of Confederate President Jefferson Davi...More >>
    Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu has been honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials.  Landrieu was presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Sunday night in Boston for standing behind his decision to take down four monuments.  The award recognized Landrieu for taking the action despite legal challenges and threats. In May 2017, the City of New Orleans finished removing monuments of Confederate President Jefferson Davi...More >>
  • Booking Report: Sunday, May 20

    Booking Report: Sunday, May 20

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:48:56 GMT
    Joseph Moon, 40, Lake Charles, LA: Monetary instrument abuse. Nicholas Sonnier, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Careless operation, possession of marijuana; 1st offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Lauren Leboeuf, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of marijuana 1st; offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Gerald Lowe, 52, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic Abuse Battery. Marlon Morris, 43, Lake Charles, LA: Produce, manufacture, distribut...More >>
    Joseph Moon, 40, Lake Charles, LA: Monetary instrument abuse. Nicholas Sonnier, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Careless operation, possession of marijuana; 1st offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Lauren Leboeuf, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of marijuana 1st; offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Gerald Lowe, 52, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic Abuse Battery. Marlon Morris, 43, Lake Charles, LA: Produce, manufacture, distribut...More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncustom/custom/kplc/2015/images/kplc-footer-logo.png" width="103" height="98" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>320 Division Street<br>Lake Charles, LA 70601/70602</div> <div>(337) 439-9071</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/kplc">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:bcourtney@kplctv.com">bcourtney@kplctv.com</a> <div>(337) 439-9071 ext. 507</div> <a href="/story/9753976/kplc-public-eeo-report">EEO Report</a> <a href="/story/12173010/how-to-file-a-closed-captioning-complaint">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>