Computer hacking has become part of everyday life for the past few years as Internet-connected devices get been hacked left and right, but most times these are harmless, so-called “Internet of Things” appliances, like kettles or fridges.
But according to Boston-area hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, it is attacked about every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, and the strikes come from everywhere: hacktivists, organized crime, terrorists and even MIT students.
Nearly 1 in 3 Americans deals with some kind of health record compromise, and most of the time they are completely unaware it happened. This means that criminals gain huge amounts of information about people, including their social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and even their personal health information. Many of these types of information are much more permanent than even credit card numbers, and last forever. And most of these hacker attacks occur due to the sheer number of vulnerabilities in the security systems of hospitals.