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Health-care sector vulnerable
to hackers, researchers say

Washington Post, by Robert O´Harrow Jr.

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/25/2012 10:20:59 PM

As the health-care industry rushed onto the Internet in search of efficiencies and improved care in recent years, it has exposed a wide array of vulnerable hospital computers and medical devices to hacking, according to documents and interviews. Security researchers warn that intruders could exploit known gaps to steal patients’ records for use in identity theft schemes and even launch disruptive attacks that could shut down critical hospital systems. A year-long examination of cybersecurity by The Washington Post has found that health care is among the most vulnerable industries

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/26/2012 12:17:29 AM     (No. 9083654)

The healthcare system has rushed ionto the Internet because they will be penalized, through Obamacare, if they are not. They are being pushed on before they are ready rather than allowing the system to grow naturally. The WashPo is lying by omission by leaving that huge piece of information out.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/26/2012 1:17:50 AM     (No. 9083679)

There were cases of identity theft concerning medical care before Obamacare. People would find out that someone using their name and social security and health insurance numbers had a baby or an expensive medical procedure at a hospital, and the identity theft victim would be billed for all the co-pays. Of course, they would then have trouble removing the medical records pertaining to the identity thief from their own records.

Maybe this is why when I go to the doctor, I am asked to provide my insurance card, my driver´s license, and pose for a picture for the doctor´s files. According to my insurer, none of this is permitted, but doctors around here are all demanding it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/26/2012 1:58:12 AM     (No. 9083699)

I guess some hacker is going to find out about my gall bladder surgery.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: HoneymoonGal, 12/26/2012 3:01:26 AM     (No. 9083717)

You are all aware that your medical reports are quickly being outsourced to India, right? I should know. I work in the industry. Every year they cut back on the pay of the Americans, increase our line quotas, while sending more and more of the work to India. If you or someone you care about is going to go to the hospital, ask them who types their reports. Do they outsource? Is their work going to India? I shudder at the blatant errors I see in reports done over there. Those errors could mean a life.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/26/2012 4:30:14 AM     (No. 9083726)

Nice of that rag WaPo to advertise this, isn´t it?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: toddh, 12/26/2012 10:36:14 AM     (No. 9084085)

My GP´s exam-room computers are not on the Internet. He can´t find a pharmacy, but nobody will attack his computers.

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