News item — 2015 Health Data Hacks: Stunning Stats (What Can Be Done to End the Surge in Mega-Breaches?)

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Anthem, Premera (Blue Cross), UCLA Health, MIE, CareFirst (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
From the DataBreachToday article:

The health data breach statistics for 2015 are stunning. So far this year, just the top five breaches have impacted a total of 99.3 million individuals. And all five involved hacker attacks — which were relatively rare until this year.

As of Aug. 4, the official federal tally of major health data breaches since September 2009 listed 1,282 breaches affecting a total of 143.3 million individuals. That means the five recent hacker attacks represent almost 70 percent of all victims on the six-year tally. And just one of those attacks — the hacking of health insurer Anthem that affected nearly 79 million — accounts for 55 percent of the total impacted.

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