Monday, April 2, 2018

Expert: Upstate NY Hospital Data Breach Could Be Used to Blackmail Patients

A cybersecurity expert is warning that a recent data breach at an Upstate New York hospital could be harmful to patients.

Earlier in 2018, Middletown Medical in Orange County confirmed that a bad security setting on its website allowed users to see patient data and electronic patient information. Names, birth dates, client ID numbers and whether or not patients had received radiology services, as well as the dates of those services, were all revealed.

The hospital has since modified the site and terminated unauthorized access, according to Spectrum News Hudson Valley, but the potential for harm may still exist.

"You can sell that information, you can use that information for blackmail, forms of bribing the individuals based upon health histories that aren't exposed to the general public," said Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Steven Spano, president and COO of Center for Internet Security.

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Source: (via Empire Report New York) 

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