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It’s bad enough that the number of security breaches of patient protected health information appears to be skyrocketing. But it feels downright creepy when the breach is at the hands of a hacker, as was the recent attack by Eastern European hackers that breached almost 800,000 Medicaid recipients in Utah.
And while a lot of hackers are attacking EHRs to steal the information within them for personal gain, many of them do it just for the fun of it, attorney Robert Hudock, with Epstein Becker Green in Washington, D.C., said in an exclusive interview with FierceEMR. “It’s very easy to scan for vulnerability and execute an exploit. People are curious,” he said.