(September 3, 2014 - Nashville, Tennessee) – BBBs from across the country have received numerous calls from recipients of a letter from Kroll, an identity theft protection company, offering ID theft protection services in response to Community Health System’s discovery of a data breach.
Community Health Systems has provided BBB with the following information:
In July 2014, Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation ("CHSPSC") confirmed its computer network was the target of an external criminal cyber-attack in April and June 2014. CHSPSC, a Tennessee company, provides management, consulting, and information technology services to certain clinics and hospital-based physicians in this area.
Individuals whose information was taken in this cyber-attack will be mailed a letter informing them about the data breach and how to enroll in free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services. The data taken includes patients’ names, addresses, birthdates, social security numbers, and, in some cases, telephone numbers, and the names of employers or guarantors. However, to the best of CHSPSC’s knowledge, NO credit card information was taken and NO medical or clinical information was taken. CHSPSC recommends that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing your credit report and accounts for unauthorized activity.
Anyone with questions or concerns about this cyber-attack may contact 1-855-205-6951 toll-free beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. central time. For information on preventing identity theft or to report suspicious activity, contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338 or get free information at www.ftc.gov. The website to sign up online is kroll.idMonitoringService.com
For a full BBB Business Review on Community Health Systems and more information regarding the data breach, click here.
CHS informed BBB that neither they nor Kroll are phoning consumers. BBB cautions consumers to NEVER give personal information to unknown callers.
BBB has since received calls from consumers alleging they received a phone call from an unknown person offering to assist with ID theft protection in relation to this data breach; however, CHS informed BBB that neither they nor Kroll are phoning consumers. BBB cautions consumers to NEVER give personal information to unknown callers.
BBB offers the following advice to consumers on what to do after a data breach:
BBB advises businesses that collect customer information:
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