FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Local patients are among those who had data compromised in a computer attack of a national hospital corporation.
Officials with Community Health Systems say more than 4.5 million patients had personal data lifted from their computers.
Community Health Systems operates more than 200 hospitals and is the parent corporation of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne. Officials with Lutheran say limited information was jeopardized from their clinics and doctors offices. The company says personal data including social security numbers, addresses, birthdays and phone numbers were stolen.
It appears the hackers were in China and used high-end, sophisticated malware to launch the attacks sometime in April and June this year.
Locally, Community Health Systems also operates Lutheran Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Dupont Hospital, Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Kosciusko Community Hospital and Defiance, Ohio's Rehab Hospital.
Lutheran officials issued this statement: