At least two class action lawsuits have now been filed against hospital chain Community Health Systems following hacking attacks that compromised HIPAA-protected information for 4.5 million patients.

CHS, with 206 hospitals in 29 states, in mid-August disclosed that its computer network had been hacked in April and June 2014, likely by a ring of hackers in China.  Breached data included Social Security numbers, names, addresses, birth dates and telephone numbers. The organization offered affected patients one year of paid identity protection services.

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