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Data Thieves Find Easy Pickings in the Health Care System

(Scientific American) – As hackers probe cyberspace they are finding weaknesses among the vast patchwork of doctors, hospitals and insurers that make up our health care system—many of them unprepared to counter a sophisticated hacker. Heath data thieves typically seek to extort money, obtain medications, get free health care or steal identities for credit cards and tax refunds. A glut of stolen credit cards and resulting lower prices for them on the black market have made medical data especially attractive, says Angel Grant, director of fraud and risk intelligence at RSA Security: “They are looking for new ways to make money, and they see the health care industry as a soft target because they lack the security maturity of other industries.”

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