Healthcare executives’ “lackadaisical approach” to cybersecurity endangers the lives and futures of breach victims, who have little help or recourse for dealing with identity theft, according to a new report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.
It looks at how healthcare information is exploited on the Dark Web, with the data often being sold multiple times. Such information also can continue to be sold for the rest of the victim’s life, the authors say in their tersely worded report, adding that "for some, such as children, this can drastically hinder their future financial stability and limit the potential lives that they could lead.”
The report lays out testimony the organization will present at a Senate hearing on Sept. 22.
The authors also in the report write about cases where health security breaches negatively impacted individuals.
One example is a woman had a baby in Utah using the stolen medical identity of Anndorie Cromar to pay for the services. When the child was born with drugs in its system, Child Protective Services took custody of it and, assuming Cromar was a drug addict and negligent parent, went after custody of the real Anndorie Cromar’s other children. Cromar had to undergo a DNA test to remove her name from the infant’s birth certificate, and she spent years correcting her medical records. Read more at Fierce Healthcare....
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