The medical industry is now seen as a new means for hackers to get critical and sensitive data through which they can steal money and other vital data that will be used for nefarious activities. The key reason for them to feel that they can profit from attacking hospital system is the data they have on patients.
How To Hackers Steal Data From Health Care Center Computer Systems?
Hospital and various types of health care centers have a huge amount of data on their patients. Stealing even a hundred such patient files in a day translates into thousands of dollars of money. Imagine what could have been if a couple of hundred patient records were stolen. Wouldn’t that mean huge money for the hacker? Here is a look at how various data thefts that hackers can do:
- Make use of patient identification cards to get their personal details, which will be ten used to make fake IDs. These will be show to drug stores and pharmacies to get medicine illegally. Even difficult to access drugs can be purchased this way. Medicines can be purchased regularly this way, till the person is caught. Discounts can be availed and in case of a large purchase or expensive medication, the amount reduced is considerable.
- They find a patient’s insurance number and use it to create a fictitious patient account, which is then used to get money from insurance companies. All the medical records are falsely created but look real and show to the insurer to get money for a patient whose record does not really exist. A lot of claims from various fake accounts can bring in a lot of money to the hacker, using just fake patient accounts.
- They find patient medical prescriptions and use them to buy drugs from various pharmacies.