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Updated: 08/20/2014 01:19:03AM

Hospital data breach hits millions

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The parent company of three Polk County hospitals says criminal cyberattackers stole Social Security numbers and other information of about 4.5 million patients treated by its affiliated physician groups.

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems — which owns Lake Wales Medical Center, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Bartow Regional Medical Center — said no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birth dates, and telephone and Social Security numbers.

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