WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Latest target of Chinese computer hackers: Americans' medical records

Chinese hackers ordinarily go after intellectual property from corporations involved in aerospace, defense, engineering, financial services, etc.

But, in a departure from the above, it appears Chinese hackers have branched out to identity theft, stealing the medical records for four-and-a-half-million patients of the 206 hospitals operated by Community Health Systems. (These Chinese hackers may have been operating "free-lance", ripping off the data without their superiors' approval or knowledge, seeking profits on the black market.)

No CHS hospitals here in Delaware or Maryland, but plenty in Pennsylvania. The closest to us: Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

Is digitization our Achilles' Heel?


From The WASHINGTON POST:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/chinese-hackers-may-have-stolen-your-medical-records/?tid=hp_mm



Posted at 7:35am on August 19, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

EarlGrey
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:48am
"Is digitization our Achilles' Heel?"

Yes it is...our personal health records, personal financial records, personal conversations, government records, military top-secrets,etc., etc...it's all available for another "state" or Anonymous-type group to grab.

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 1:17pm
How do we know it is the Chinese? Because "someone" who lies to us regularly (NSA) ... says so?

What if instead, it is a group inside these shadow governments, who are collecting all the info, to be used in an upcoming coup shortly?

Although such a claim is outlandish, it is so often the fact that such outlandish claims are made and ignored, before every historic coup or takeover. People fail to investigate when a difference can be made, until too late.

I'm remembering Gorbachev in August, 1991.

On this Pizza is right, and with him coming from Belarus, I'd trust his ability to see the signs building towards that, more than I would my own. Our differences are primarily that he sees the closing net being pulled by Obama; I see is as being run, against Obama. But we both see it closing.

Again, how do we know it was the Chinese? What are they going to do with our medical records? Use them to create new medicines for humanity? They would be more powerful as coercive devices, meaning the Chinese had nothing to do with it.

mrpizza
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 7:34pm
I would surely trust my medical records to the Chinese before I'd trust them to Obama and his henchwoman Kathleen Sebelius.

kavips
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:08am
Although historically you were accurate, currently Kathleen Sebelius has no password to being able to access your records. She stepped down and has been replaced by a person, fully recommended and even praised, by the Republicans on her confirmation panel. Sylvia Matthews Burwell.


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