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.
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).
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.