According to a ProPublica report, about 13.7 millions of US patients' medical examinations were exposed to Internet. Over 400.000 x-rays and other medical images were available for download.
The researchers discovered 187 unprotected servers in the US and five in Germany. The servers hosted millions of sensitive ones data patients, such as various records, dates of birth, doctors, examinations, treatments etc.
ProPublica reported that in total, more than 16 millions of medical records were found from patients worldwide. Names, dates of birth and social security numbers (in some cases) were exposed.
Leaking this personal data can cause many problems. Cyber criminals could use patient data for it committing fraud. In addition, we are talking about violation of HIPAA, of the US Patient Data Protection Act.
According to the report, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance said server leaks are responsible for the leak.
Medical data exposure is now a common phenomenon. Inadequate data protection coupled with increased use of connected devices and medical devices Trackers, expose the data to risk. The integration of new technologies into the medical field serves them Criminals of cyberspace, once they can get it access to medical information much easier than in the past.
The American healthcare company Anthem had fallen victim attack 2015, resulting in the stolen medical data of 79 millions.
Given the seriousness of this data and the increased number of attacks, it is action is needed to prevent and respond to threats.
The security of medical data is very important. Specific procedures for the collection and sharing of data should be in place and emphasis should be placed on protecting patients' privacy.
All medical services and centers should invest in safety at cyberspace, continuously monitor and improve their security practices and keep their systems secure. Only then will they be able to deal with them threats in cyberspace and protect patients.
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