It’s true that there’s an issue with hackers selling stolen medical records, normally on the dark web. The problems this can cause for victims can be huge.
Some people may not even be aware that their medical data has been stolen. Even the organisation(s) the data has been stolen from may not (yet) even be aware. Some victims of medical record hacks find out because of an instance of online exposure, or even successful or attempted cases of identity theft.
Claims for medical data breach compensation are some of the most common types of cases we deal with. The healthcare sector is a target, so know your rights if you end up being the victim of hackers selling stolen medical records related to you.
Hackers selling stolen medical records related to you
If you discover that you’ve been the victim of hackers selling stolen medical records related to you, what do you need to do about it?
First, we need to identify where the records were stolen from. This could be a GP, hospital, an employer or even the local council. There are plenty of organisations who may have access to some or all of your medical information. It only takes one of them to suffer a breach or a hack for your medical information to be exposed.
We can then try and identify how the information was exposed, how much was exposed, and when. But the issue remains that, once exposed, you may be at risk of hackers selling stolen medical records online. This is usually on the so-called “dark web”.
Can you make a claim for hackers selling stolen medical records online?
You may be eligible to make a claim for hackers selling stolen medical records that are related to you. If we can prove that more should have been done to protect your data from being exposed, you may be entitled to make a claim for medical data breach compensation.
With millions of medical records reportedly for sale from hacks and attacks, the damage for the victims can be severe. Not only is this personal and sensitive data, but victims can also be at risk of crimes like identity theft. It’s a worldwide problem and any organisation that stores and processes medical information must do so in a way that ensures it’s safe and secure.
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First published by Matthew on February 25, 2019
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