New research examines the information that may leak during hospital data breaches.
Recent research identifies what types of information hackers steal during a hospital data breach.
Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, revealed what types of data leak from secure servers during hospital data breaches. They published their study in the
This type of data breach can have severe consequences for the people whose information the hackers obtain says John (Xuefeng) Jiang, lead author and MSU professor of accounting and information systems. He adds that it is not always financial fraud or identity theft that happens as a result. It can also lead to the misuse of sensitive, medical information.
Potential for fraud, identity theft, and more
"The major story we heard from victims was how compromised, sensitive information caused financial or reputation loss," says Prof. Jiang. "A criminal might file a fraudulent tax return or apply for a credit card using the social security number and birth dates leaked from a hospital data breach."
This is the first research that has revealed details on the types and amount of public health information obtained through hacking incidents. The researchers estimate that the 1,461 data breaches that took place over 10 years from 2009 to 2019 impacted 169 million people.