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An Australian medical center is fighting hackers who have encrypted patient records and demanded ransom.

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An Australian medical center is fighting hackers who have encrypted patient records and demanded ransom.

Hackers Hold Australian Medical Center’s Records for Ransom

An Australian medical center is facing the possibility that its patients’ electronic medical records may be locked away forever after hackers broke into its computer system and encrypted the files. The hackers who captured the Miami Family Medical Centre’s data...

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Online advertising firm Epic Marketplace is accused by the FTC of spying on Internet users' browsing histories.

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Online advertising firm Epic Marketplace is accused by the FTC of spying on Internet users' browsing histories.

How Online Marketer Peered Into People’s Health Histories

There are few things as creepy in online marketing as digging into someone’s health history, without their knowledge, to advertise to them. Yet that’s precisely what New York-based Epic Marketplace is accused of doing. According to the online advertising company’s...

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Medical devices such as mammography machines can be vulnerable to hacking attacks.

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Medical devices such as mammography machines can be vulnerable to hacking attacks.

Many Doctors Don’t Secure Medical Devices From Hackers, Study Finds

Your doctor’s office likely doesn’t have any digital security for its mammography machines, heart pumps and other devices that are vulnerable to hacking, according to a new study. In a survey of 80 health care organizations in the U.S., the...

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Medical identity theft affected an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S., according to the Ponemon Institute.

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Medical identity theft affected an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S., according to the Ponemon Institute.

How Medical Identity Theft Can Give You a Decade of Headaches

Arnold Salinas knows a lot about the person who stole his identity. He’s 5-foot-9, 190 pounds. He pays for pizzas with forged checks, defaulted on a $17,000 car loan and has traveled the country, racking up speeding tickets and thousands...

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The incident showcases an unsettling new strain of opportunism that's emerging as criminals try to exploit digital records.

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The incident showcases an unsettling new strain of opportunism that's emerging as criminals try to exploit digital records.

Hackers Steal, Encrypt Health Records and Hold Data 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, located in the affluent northern Illinois suburb of Libertyville, revealed last month...

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Jay Radcliffe displays a radio device he uses to perform an attack on an insulin pump at the annual Black Hat conference last year.

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Jay Radcliffe displays a radio device he uses to perform an attack on an insulin pump at the annual Black Hat conference last year.

Insulin Pump Hacker, Medical Device Maker Come to the Table

When Jay Radcliffe went public last year with his discovery that some insulin pumps can be hacked, he didn’t expect it would take a year to get a meeting with the company that makes the vulnerable products. Yet that’s about...

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The average cost per victim of medical ID theft was $22,346 this year, up from $20,663 last year, the survey found.

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The average cost per victim of medical ID theft was $22,346 this year, up from $20,663 last year, the survey found.

One Year of Your Life and $100,000: Growing Cost of Medical ID Theft

If your credit card is stolen, it may take a few minutes on the phone with the bank to reverse the fraudulent charges. But if your identity is stolen and used for medical treatment, it could take a year or...

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A graphic depicting the sharing of a person's health data.

From Latanya Sweeney, Data Privacy Lab, Harvard University, 2010

A graphic depicting the sharing of a person's health data.

As Health Records Go Digital, Where They End Up Might Surprise You

Two years ago, Latanya Sweeney created a graphic on the widespread sharing of medical files that shocked lawmakers, technologists and doctors. Sweeney, who founded the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University, produced a “health data map” that looks like a...

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The Methodist Hospital in 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The state has one of the most technologically sophisticated exchanges in the country.

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The Methodist Hospital in 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The state has one of the most technologically sophisticated exchanges in the country.

How to Build a Mountain of Patient Data: Don’t Ask for Permission

Indiana isn’t usually considered a hub of technological innovation. However, about 2,000 miles from Silicon Valley, it has solved a problem that has flummoxed even high-tech states like California. Indiana has built one of the most advanced “health information exchanges,”...

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Barnaby Jack uses a mannequin equipped with an insulin pump to demonstrate the security vulnerabilities of wireless medical devices.

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Barnaby Jack uses a mannequin equipped with an insulin pump to demonstrate the security vulnerabilities of wireless medical devices.

Hacker Shows Off Lethal Attack By Controlling Wireless Medical Device

In his San Francisco apartment, Barnaby Jack waves a small antenna to demonstrate how a deadly hacker attack against a diabetic would begin. The 34-year-old is best known for hacking into cash machines and making them spit out money on...

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