The health care system is plagued by cybersecurity breaches that could affect millions of people.
This week, an investigation by Reuters found that a breach in the Health Information Exchange system could affect about one million people.
Reuters also found that the health information exchange was vulnerable to a similar attack that affected about 700,000 people, Reuters reported.
In both cases, Reuters found information about more than 1.5 billion people.
“A breach of the health data exchange could put tens of millions of vulnerable people at risk,” said John R. Thompson, chief cybersecurity officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a statement.
“Health insurers, who may not know that they have a risk of a cyberattack on their systems, have been left scrambling to respond to the breach.”
The Health Information System, which is a database for people’s health information, is the system that keeps track of how often you get care and the number of doctors and hospitals in your area.
According to Reuters, that database was compromised last month.
“If it were to happen again, there’s nothing we can do,” said Kevin W. Raffin, CEO of the Healthcare Information Industry Council, which represents health insurance companies.
“This is a huge opportunity for the hackers to steal your personal information, which they can then sell to others,” Raffi said.
In the case of the Health Data Exchange, the hackers stole the personal data of the system administrators, who were supposed to maintain the database.
“They had access to the entire system,” Ruffin said.
“The information that was there, that was encrypted, that they had access, was gone.”
“If you had access from the inside, you would have a very good chance of not having that data,” he added.
“What they did was basically steal everything, except for a little bit of the data that was supposed to keep track of who was who in the system, but not everything.”
Health information breaches are not unusual.
The AP reported in 2016 that the Centers and Medicare Department had recorded 1.1 million cybersecurity breaches.
In the case that Reuters found, the breach was discovered in mid-December.
Reuters spoke with an employee at the Health Care Information Exchange and was able to confirm that the breach happened in December.
Reuters found a document on the exchange’s website that contained data about a customer’s information, such as their name and address, the type of service they were seeing, and how long they were staying in a specific health care facility.
“I don’t think they are going to be very happy with the information that’s in there,” said Andrew J. Seidel, a cybersecurity analyst and vice president of the healthcare information technology practice at Accenture.
“There are many ways to do that, and this is a way to do it without knowing anything about what that information might contain.”
According to the Centers, the database has not been breached in the past.
The agency said that it had no reason to believe that the system was vulnerable in the future.
“Our database is safe, secure, and secure against data breaches,” the agency said in a press release.
“As a result, the security of the database is not compromised and the integrity of our data is not affected by a data breach.”
“We are working closely with healthcare information exchange stakeholders to ensure that all HIPAA and HIPAA-compliant data in our database is protected,” the release added.
“In addition, we have a cybersecurity policy in place that requires that HIPAA information is not transmitted in unencrypted form.”
Hackers are using malware to compromise the HealthData Exchange.
They used a trojan called “Spyware” to gain access to it.
“Spyscan,” a malware called “Lamprey,” was used to spread malware, which could allow hackers to take control of the systems of health care companies.
The malware is still active.
“Spyscream was used as a Trojan horse to install and execute a malicious file on the health care company’s computer system,” a statement from the Health Insurance Industry Council said.
The Health Data Systems are an important part of the American healthcare system.
“This information is used to calculate health information utilization, pay premiums, and provide insurance coverage,” the organization said.