Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We Are Not Alone With The Cyber Hackers! Not A Good Thing.

Saw this today and thought of the Queensland Clinic that has their data encrypted.

Healthcare industry is a 'cyberterrorism' target

December 18, 2012 | By Dan Bowman
A lack of spending on healthcare data security and an increased emphasis on digital activity are primary reasons why the U.S. healthcare industry is at risk as a cyberterrorism target, according to an article published in the December issue of the journal Telemedicine and e-Health. The article's authors say that the industry, as a whole, is difficult to protect because it is made up of "decentralized and loosely coupled organizations," rather than a homogenous entity.
A cyber attack likely would take place over a period of weeks via a "series of small incursions that are much more difficult to detect," according to the article. For instance, hackers might use phishing emails to introduce malware into hospital networks, which then would gradually erode system quality by infecting patient record databases, mobile devices and, eventually, medical monitors and drug infusion pumps.
Lots more here:
Worth a read.
David.

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