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Personal health information in the wrong hands can be painful

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    Credit card data isn’t quite the mother lode it once was for cyber thieves. Not only is its useful life generally brief, it also isn’t worth as much as it used to be.

    But cyber criminals are, among other things, adaptable. As Daniel Berger, CEO of Redspin puts it, "hackers are bad guys but good economists.” So they simply turn to something that provides a bigger bang for the buck.

    And that, increasingly, is the data you voluntarily turn over to doctors, hospitals and health insurers, known as PHI, or Personal Health Information.

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    The Identity Theft Resource Center reported in January that of reported breaches, the healthcare sector had the most for three years in a row, with 42.5% of the total in 2014.

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