On Wednesday, the FBI issued a flash alert warning to health care organizations that they are being targeted by hackers. This alert comes shortly after Community Health Systems announced that an external group of hackers attacked its computer network and stole the non-medical data of 4.5 million patients. According to data from the Office for Civil Rights, this incident is the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported and the largest hacking-related HIPAA data breach ever reported.
This latest alert is not the first time the FBI has been concerned about healthcare providers. In April, it warned the industry that its systems were lax compared with other sectors – making it a prime target for hackers looking to access sensitive information.