Monetizing medical data is becoming the next revenue stream for hackers
The personal information found in health care records fetches hefty sums on underground markets, making any company that stores such data a very attractive target for attackers.
“Hackers will go after anyone with health care information,” said John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute, adding that in recent years hackers have increasingly set their sights on EHRs (electronic health records).
With medical data, “there’s a bunch of ways you can turn that into cash,” he said. For example, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses can be used to apply for credit cards or get around corporate antifraud measures.