Healthcare Data: The biggest Treasure for Hackers by Emma Salvador

August 20, 2018
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Despite the many technology innovations and internet of things advancements, several hospitals are still relying on outdated computer systems. The ageing technology might prove to be cheaper for their hospitals but the threat of losing the data is greater. Many warnings have also be given by FBI to hospital operators over possible cyber attacks and threat to personal medical records of patients. However, lack of any data protection measures result in breaches of data.

The biggest threat is to the U.S healthcare industry that is pegged in millions. This is mainly because the industry still has many hospitals that rely on outdated and ageing technologies that make them vulnerable to these cyber attacks.

What Makes the Healthcare Industry So Desirable For Hackers

Instead of targeting financial institutions and banks for their personal data, hackers are increasingly targeting healthcare industry. Health data of millions of patients are sold for huge profits. This is a ripe industry for hackers to make money. But you might wonder what would be the potential use this stolen medical data. These hackers use these personal records from medical devices of the individuals for medical frauds. There are a lot of medical frauds that have come to the fore which are explained below.

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