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Monday, 04 January 2016 06:00

Cyber Attacks Learning from the Recent Past

Written by  Michael Redmond, Vibhav Agarwal

Six months ago, a major U.S. health insurance leader was breached by hackers who stole access to records of upwards of 80 million customers. The stolen data comprised of names, birth dates, social security numbers, home addresses, email addresses, and employment history and other personal information. This attack was reportedly linked to Chinese hacking campaigns. The cyber attacks could have been occurring for a long period of time, exactly how long is unclear, but some estimate for months. Very alarming, but as in much situations of data breach, it can take a while to weave through the bits. The highly-skilled hackers penetrated high-level security systems gaining unauthorized access to their data systems. Allegedly, the hackers gained access using a stolen employee password. They managed to access the personal information of past and currently covered individuals. Targeting health care establishments is a new ploy for this kind of allegedly Chinese cyber attack. Usually