Healthcare records for one in three Americans were breached last year, with records of nearly 112 million people affected by hackers, compared with only about 1.8 million individuals in 2014.
That’s the finding of cybersecurity vendor Bitglass, which did a data analysis of the breach disclosure database maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services and required by HIPAA.
Overall, 113 million Americans fell victim to all forms of health data breaches in 2015, compared with just 12.5 million in 2014. Large-scale hacks represented 98 percent of data breaches in 2015; most notably last year’s cyber attack on Anthem exposed nearly 79 million records, and Premera Blue Cross records were compromised, affecting 11 million individuals. Both were the result of phishing attacks.
Original Source: Health Data Management
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