If anybody is still labouring under the mistaken belief that anything online can remain private and secure, this week should have seen them finally admit defeat. In the US, UCLA Health reported) that 4.5 million health records had been compromised. UCLA Health runs four hospitals and 150 offices in Southern California, based at the University of California and Los Angeles. The security breech joins a long list of recent hacks of health insurance, and health services, companies, including that of health insurance company Anthem that had up to 80 million customer records illegally accessed earlier this year. More poignantly, and also this week, international dating site Ashley Madison admitted that hackers had accessed its systems and stolen details of its 37 million customers. The particular twist in this hack is that the site encouraged people in existing relationships to “cheat” on their partners and have casual affairs. Amongst information stolen by the hackers were details of customers’ sexual fantasies, which the hackers threatened to publish if demands to close down the site completely were not met. Companies that have been hacked normally follow up these events by announcing the increased security measures that they have taken, including hiring dedicated security […]
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