According to security experts, your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Last month, FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of America’s largest hospital operators had been broken into, stealing the personal information of 4.5 million patients. Security experts warn that these cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry. Hackers sell names, birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes and billing information, sometimes using this data to create fake IDs to buy medical equipment or drugs that can that can resold. They may even combine a patient number with a false provider number and file made-up claims with insurers. Because medical identity theft is not immediately recognized, criminals have more time to use the stolen credentials. With the shift to electronic medical records, experts predict more cyber attacks.
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