Hackers and job-snatching machines: the new threats to medicine

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Hackers and job-snatching machines: the new threats to medicine

Experts explain why the sale of medical records is big business, and why you should rethink a career in radiology

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Health records are more valuable on the dark web than banking records and could sell for thousands of dollars, Netcare IT manager, Braam Oberholzer told delegates at the private Hospital Association of SA (HASA) conference in Cape Town.

Quoting US media sources, he said more than 15 million health records were  stolen by hackers  in the US in 2018 – and that has doubled to 32 million so far in 2019.

The value of health information lies in false identities for illegal emigration, among other uses. “Medical information can be so detailed, it can be used to create a person,” he said...

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