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The Next Big Hack Attack May Target Medical Data

Can you remember what the internet was like in 2005? And what about those massive phones and laptops we used to lug around with us? It is truly amazing how far technology has come in the last 8 years, which is why here at BullGuard we are so concerned about the safety of electronic health records. Take the U.S. Government for example, the last time they issued guidelines for electronic health records was in 2005, back when phones were huge and Facebook was only a year old. Medical data protection is way behind the times.
Get BullGuard Internet Security 2013 free for 60 days here! As a result, medical cybercrime is on the rise, and is surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, rather unsophisticated. Hackers have a few tricks up their sleeves in order to use the vulnerabilities in health record systems to their advantage. One of the more popular schemes is to simply hold electronic health records for ransom. It sounds a bit ridiculous, but it’s real, and it happened last July in the US. The small medical practice handled the incident very well, informing their patients, only after calling the police. All patients were offered a free credit monitoring service as it wasn’t just medical data that was stolen, but also credit card and social security numbers, as well as home addresses. Biomedical fraud is also a popular scheme, where uninsured patients can use a stolen identity in order to receive care or prescription drugs. Unfortunately, it’s not just about identity theft. Check out this blog on brand new products arriving on your doorstep already infected with malware, this goes for medical devices as well. Devices like insulin pumps are ones that you definitely don’t want acting up with malware – lives depend on these working efficiently. For the most part these hacks seem rather straightforward and therefore should be easy to prevent, right? Why can’t our healthcare servers be as secure as our financial ones? It all goes back to the beginning of this article – government guidelines are outdated. This increasingly serious issue requires government legislation in order to ensure medical data protection.

So what can you do in the meantime to protect yourself?

Make sure to install a security suite on your devices to ensure no one is spying on your activity on insurance websites or emails with your doctor’s offices. BullGuard Internet Security not only has a firewall that fends off ferocious cybercrime, but also has a vulnerability scanner to help you keep your PC in optimum health. Get BullGuard Internet Security today to ensure your web shields are at full force and protect yourself from hackers stealing your private health information.
Filed under: Internet Security

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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