For years these cyber criminals who breached on data for personal information have somewhat succeeded in their mission that now worries millions of citizens. Health care insurers are now even proposing these criminals for opportunities that might appeal to them.
Health insurer Anthem Inc. reported there had been incidents of health care data breaches affecting 10 million of people. According to a government database this include hacking and losing mobile gadgets that contain personal information. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, they have found out that last year had the largest number of health care hacking incidents where there were 11 million people being greatly affected.
They suspected that the increase of these incidents might have something to do with business establishments effectively suppressing the immense breaches as in Target and Home Depot. This probably made cyber criminals to turn into targeting health care systems. As experts say , health care companies are even more favorable for these cyber criminals since they could use personal information to several other ways of robbing people . ‘‘If someone steals your credit card and home address, they might be able to buy something, but you can usually get that locked down quickly” said Tony Anscombe , security expert , but “ With medical records and a Social Security number, it’s not so simple.’’
Insurance providers and other attorneys are now into assisting anthem to verify how much breachers have gotten through in Massachusetts.
There is also a speculation that breachers may just have been waiting and studying Anthem security and might be planning to return with a more vicious attack on hacking their datas. Anthem may not even know that their medical data had already been accessed by hackers. When hackers get hold of anybody’s health insurance account numbers they would use it wisely by waiting for a year or two before exploiting Social Security or insurance files.
‘‘What they like to do is season the data for a time, to allow the credit monitoring subscription to expire, and wait until people get sloppy or complacent’’ about monitoring their accounts for fraud, “ said Pam Dixon the executive director of the World Privacy Forum.
Health data tend to have the highest bid in the market since it holds information that are very valuable and useful for their own motives.