Friday, June 20, 2008

Medical records under threat

Just saw a disturbing article on how folks are targeting medical records. Apparently Finjan (a security vendor) was trolling for malware and came across a large chunk of data with patient information etc - and get this, it was available for purchase for the highest bidder!

By now all of us are aware that hackers are no longer kids looking for laughs or thrills - they are the new criminal organizations. These organizations make it a business buying and selling data - be it credit cards, bank account information etc.

I suspect medical information can be used for many things - identity theft, blackmail, maybe even insurance fraud. Who knows?

But the main point here is this - it does appear that medical and patient information has value to criminal organizations and this is something to worry about. They will do anything to get their hands on this...

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