There have been a slew of recent hackings the past few years that have targeted American healthcare companies, among many many other hacks. The most recent large scale hack was Anthem healthcare company where 80 million records were stolen. This was revealed earlier this year.
It turns out, the Financial Times is now reporting, that it was Chinese hackers supposedly helping China understand the inner workings of how the US healthcare system works. China plans to offer universal healthcare in 2020 so it’s possible that they are helping the entire Chinese healthcare process and government gear up for that launch.
Our question is: When is the U.S. government going to get off its butt and stand up to China? These are acts of war. China is purposefully and blatantly attacking American infrastructure every month and President Obama and the Republican Congress just sit back, don’t say anything and are letting us get walked all over.
President Obama even recently hosted the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for an official state visit On September 24-25, 2015 where the Chinese President downplayed Chinese support of hacking.
When Anthem revealed a data breach that exposed the details of more than 80 million people, the incident raised a lot of questions: who would conduct such a hack against a health insurance firm? Why? And what happens to the data? Well, investigators finally have some answers… and they’re not quite what you’d expect. Reportedly, the culprits were Chinese hackers helping their nation understand how US medical care works. It may be part of a concerted campaign to get ready for 2020, when China plans to offer universal health care. If that’s the case, the findings might explain a string of health-related breaches in the past few years.
None of those involved are commenting. If accurate, however, the allegations aren’t going to help China’s attempts to mend its image. They suggest at least some of the health care cyberattacks were part of a broader industrial espionage campaign, and fly in the face of the Chinese government’s claims that it doesn’t embrace hacking. While it’s possible that these kinds of digital assaults are in the past, the discovery hints that there’s the potential for more.
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