Monday, August 13, 2012

Patient Files Held for Ransom

As more patient records go digital, a recent hacker attack on a small medical practice shows the big risks involved with electronic files.

The Surgeons of Lake County, a medical facility in the northern Illinois suburb of Libertyville, revealed last month that hackers had burrowed deeply into its computer network, infiltrating a server where e-mails and electronic medical records were stored, Bloomberg.com reported on its Tech Blog.

Unlike many other data breaches, the hackers made no attempt to keep their presence a secret. In fact, they all but fired a flare to announce the break-in, taking the extreme step of encrypting their illicit haul and posting a digital ransom note demanding payment for the password.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-10/hackers-encrypt-health-records-and-hold-data-for-ransom?goback=%2Egde_2729867_member_145623159 
 NOTE: This is a twist, but certainly shows that we need to protect our information. 

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