Ashley Madison: Not the Only Exploitable Database

Were you one of the millions affected by the Ashley Madison hack? If not, good for you. You’re safe, right? That’s a problem for “those kind of people.” People who should’ve known better than to put sensitive material online. People who should’ve thought twice before believing a company’s claims about privacy and security. People who…

People like you.

Unless you’ve managed to stay off the grid, chances are you probably have something valuable online. It could be anything—a secret, a password, a document, a photo, a criminal record, a past addiction, a foreclosure, a bankruptcy, bad credit, a youthful indiscretion, a moment of weakness, a family issue everyone’d rather forget, the list could go on forever.

Okay. So maybe you have nothing to hide. You’ve never done anything wrong online, and everyone you know is squeaky clean. Good for you. You’re safe, right?

Two words: Medical History.

Wait. There are laws for that. No one should ever see your medical history, right? What you say to your therapist or your psychiatrist is confidential, right? Your prescription records are protected by privacy laws. Everyone says so.

Online health records are secure. Right? Wrong.

The Ashley Madison hack can happen in any industry, ESPECIALLY any industry built on trust and confidentiality.

Next time you visit a doctor or hospital, look around. When you sign a waiver acknowledging that you read and understand the privacy policy, look around. When you fill out the web check-in form for the emergency clinic, look around.

So tell me…How much of your health data is online?

Unless you’ve found physicians, hospitals, and health insurance companies that operate off the grid, chances are there’s a good chunk of your medical data online in some way, shape or form.

Guess what? It’s all hackable. Every part of it. We’ve already seen several high-profile hacks in the health insurance industry. There will be more.

Imagine an Ashley Madison-style hack in the medical community. Every procedure, every medication, every symptom—not just yours, but anyone. Healthcare records and data belonging to your parents, your spouse, your children (YES…even the kids).

Exploitable.

Scared yet?

But no worries. That’s a problem for those people. People who should’ve thought twice before believing claims about privacy and security.

People like you and me.

2 thoughts on “Ashley Madison: Not the Only Exploitable Database

  1. I trust the Federal Government computer system just as much as Hillary did when she was Secretary of State, which means I don’t. But alas, unlike Hillary, my medical and financial records have no value.

    Yet, I wonder at the stupidity of so-called intelligent clients putting their info on Ashley Madison. I’d like to think the Lord the shined His light so the hackers were exposed (Luke 8:17).

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  2. I do think about this all the time. It really is a faith thing for me to put anything on the internet. And my medical records are accessible online, as well as a lot of other things. The only thing I can do is to be smart, to use safe passwords and online security as much as I can, and rely that God will take care of the rest. My grandfather on my mom’s side had his identity stolen and it was a mess.

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