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Healthcare breaches taking center stage in 2015, and could get worse

Last year was plagued by retail data breaches, and it looks like 2015 will be the year of healthcare breaches

Michael Hatamoto | Mar 22, 2015 at 11:25 am CDT (0 mins, 47 secs time to read)

Hackers want to steal the personal information of US residents, and are finding healthcare companies especially vulnerable to attack. Both Anthem and Premera have suffered data breaches so far in 2015, and experts are concerned the problem will only get worse.

Healthcare breaches taking center stage in 2015, and could get worse |

Since 2009, more than 1,100 separate data breaches led to personal data of more than 120 million people to be stolen, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

"We are certainly seeing a rise in the number of individuals affected by hacking/IT incidents," said Rachel Seeger, spokesperson for the HHS's Office for Civil Rights. "These incidents have the potential to affect very large numbers of health care consumers, as evidenced by the recent Anthem and Premera breaches."

Retailers were breached in late 2013 and throughout 2014, and it appears cybercriminals are adapting their strategies to damaging attacks. Medical data is more valuable on the black market, as there is additional personal data available in a single location.

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