Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime


Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

 Powered by Max Banner Ads Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and – more importantly – Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information. “It’s an entire profile of who you are,” said Cynthia Larose, chairwoman of the privacy and security practice at the law firm Mintz Levin in Boston. “It essentially allows someone to become you.” The danger of cyberattacks was highlighted last week when Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, said hackers broke into a database storing information on 80 million people. That hack led to a particularly valuable trove of data because it exposed Social Security numbers, a key to a range of identity thefts. Those numbers were created to track the earnings history of workers in order to determine Social Security benefits. Now, health care companies are, in some cases, required to collect the numbers by government agencies. They also use them because they are unique to […]

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