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Attorney General Bondi Encourages Community Health Systems Patients to Use Free Credit Monitoring

September 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 4 -- The office of the Florida Attorney General issued the following news release:

Attorney General Pam Bondi is urging Floridians to take extra measures to monitor their credit. In the wake of a major security breach, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) now reports that 405,694 Floridians are impacted and up to 4.5 million people nationwide. CHS recently confirmed that its computer network was the target of external criminal cyber-attacks in April and June of this year. Hackers reportedly gained access to patient names, social security numbers, addresses, birth dates and telephone numbers.

"All Floridians who were referred to or received services from physicians affiliated with CHS in the last five years are advised to review their credit reports and accounts for possible unauthorized activity," said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Additionally, affected patients are advised to take advantage of the one year free credit monitoring offered by CHS. CHS has confirmed that the stolen data did not include patient credit card, medical, or clinical information and indicates the data breach occurred in physician practices affiliated with the company, not in its hospitals.

CHS sent notice letters to affected individuals that describe the event and how to enroll in free identify theft protection services including credit monitoring and identity theft consultation and restoration.

For questions or assistance with identity theft protection services call Kroll at 1-855-205-6951 or visit

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