Patients in Big Spring Worried About Hospital Security Breach

Patients in Big Spring Worried About Hospital Security Breach

Patients of Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring are worried after hackers targeted a hospital network, which includes the Big Spring location.
Patients of Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring are worried after hackers targeted a hospital network, which includes the Big Spring location.

“Our information is there, they have your social, date of birth name everything,” said Michele Foehrer. She takes her children to be treated at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and is worried of what could happen.

“It's scary because anything can happen they can get any information,” Foehrer said.

Stella Tavarez, from Big Spring, says her family has been going to the hospital for years and has never had a problem.

“I'm pretty sure people would worry, they do worry,” Tavarez said.

The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country. It says hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients.

The breach happened sometime in April and June this year. In a statement, the hospital network says they have “worked closely with federal law enforcement authorities in connection with their investigation of the matter.”

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years could be affected.

But some say they've been going to the big spring hospital for years and do not expect problems.

“All these years that I've come here I don’t see nothing wrong,” Tavarez said.

But the large data breach puts these people at a high risk of identity fraud.

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