Why hackers want your health care data most of all

Why hackers want your health care data most of all
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield is the latest health care company to discover a data breach, but it likely won’t be the last as attackers increasingly focus on the wealth of data buried inside health records.

Excellus discovered the breach on Aug. 5 and began notifying affected individuals earlier this week. Attackers may have gained access to personal information for as many as 10 million individuals, including name, date of birth, Social Security number, mailing address, telephone number, member identification number, financial account information, and claims information. The number of affected individuals include members of other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans who sought treatment at a facility located in the Excellus service area.

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