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IDG Contributor Network: Ransomware attacks force hospitals to stitch up networks

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    Exploitation of hospitals by cyber criminals should not come as a surprise, particularly as threat actors have demonstrated a penchant for monetizing information of all kinds. Indeed, as of 2013, according to one news report, cyber criminals were observed increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry.

    Medical data is often seen as more profitable than standard personal identifiable information as it includes such data as policy numbers, diagnosis codes, and billing information, in addition to patient names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. For example, according to one source, stolen health credentials can go for $10 each, about 10 or 20 times the value of a U.S. credit card numbers.

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