Network Technology Manufactured by Chinese Companies May Be the Reason for U.S. Cyber Attacks
Community Health Systems recently announced that personal information of close to 4.5 million of its patients has been allegedly breached and stolen by Chinese hackers.
The company filed its report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in July 2014, saying its computer network had been the target of an outside cyberattack. The company, which owns 206 hospitals in more than 25 states, along with Mandiant, its forensic expert and a FireEye company, feels the attacks involved an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group that resides in China.
According to the report, the group used an advanced malware and network technology to break into the hospital’s systems. It’s thought that Chinese-made networking gear led to the break-in. The attacker bypassed all the security measures that had been in place and copied and transferred all the patients’ confidential records away from the company.
Mandiant and U.S. Federal authorities said the attacks tend to involve intellectual property – medical device information and equipment – but that non-medial patient data such as names, addresses and social security numbers had been stolen.
It’s just the latest round of U.S. cybersecurity attacks the U.S. Investigation Services has reported about a hack in corporate networks. The U.S. Investigation Services is the key provider in the nation’s background checks.
If you needed a reason to stop using inexpensive Chinese networking equipment and invest in American-made, professional grade networking products, here’s the sign. Why do you want your company’s records and secrets to be exploited by a Chinese competitor?
And, just think of all the hotels that use Huawei MA5616 DSLAM for Internet access. Their guests information could be hacked and reviewed without their knowledge or consent.
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