Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 2, 2014
Still no word on scope of cyber attack on local health clinics

Two weeks after the incident, there is still no official word on the impact of a nation-wide cyber attack that also hit a series of local medical clinics and physicians.

In mid-August, a China-based cyber attack resulted in the theft of names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, and social security numbers from the records of hospitals and medical centers associated with Community Health Systems.

CHS operates 206 hospitals across the nation, including Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele. Hackers did not access the hospital’s records, according to Becky Trigg, director of marketing for Mountain West.

However, the hack did impact some local clinics and physicians who are affiliated with the hospital and with CHS. Specific information about which clinics were affected, and how many local residents had information stolen, has not been released, she said.

Trigg did confirm that local clinicians’ records had been breached, and some demographic information has been stolen from some, but not all, of those clinics’ patients. Those residents whose identifying information has been compromised have been enrolled in a free one-year identity theft protection program.

Estimates put the total number of compromised records at 4.5 million nation-wide.

Mountain West has sent letters to patients whose records may have been breached. But locals who believe their medical records may have been compromised may also call 1-855-205-6951 for more information or to inquire as to whether their information has been compromised. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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