Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
Medical Identity Theft Costs Victims $13,450 Apiece
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
3/1/2015 | 3:00:38 AM
Re: An example > borrow insurance?
That's funny, Marilyn; it seems I *always* have to present my medical ID whenever I go in for a doctor's appointment.  I guess it depends where you go.
Sara Peters
50%
50%
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
2/27/2015 | 11:51:36 AM
Re: An example > borrow insurance?
@Marilyn  Wow! What did you do about it? And what sort of creature was Bridget?
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
2/26/2015 | 2:19:11 PM
Re: An example > borrow insurance?
Now that you mention it, @sarapeters, i've never had to present my ID for a medical appointment. And speaking of health records, i got an email from a Veterinarian's office in Seattle recently about an outpatient discharge report for a "Bridget" Cohodas (no relation-- as far as  I know). So much for confidentiality of PII . But then, maybe pets aren't covered by HIPAA. :-)
Sara Peters
50%
50%
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
2/26/2015 | 12:49:10 PM
Re: An example > borrow insurance?
@Marilyn  Not really, Marilyn. Generally, they'll ask for your insurance card, but not your ID. And most of the time you're getting billed, not paying up front (except maybe a co-pay that you can pay in cash), so they won't even see a credit card or a checkbook with the wrong person's name on it.

They'll ask for all kinds of medical history on your first appointment. But since most healthcare centers don't share that information, they won't necessarily know that the 37-year-old Sara Peters with epilepsy at hospital A is one person and the 22-year-old 'Sara Peters' with diabetes is a different person, much less a fraud. This is one of those reasons that health information exchange technology could be useful.
JPtaylorL
50%
50%
JPtaylorL,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/26/2015 | 12:48:07 PM
huh?
So if anyone went out at looked at the HHS Wall of Shame (which is where public breaches of PHI are disclosed), you'll see that there are 278 breaches in 2014.   31 were actually as a result (self reported) of hacking.  The vast majority of other issues tagged - were mistakes or problems resulting from poor execution of policies and procedures.  Hacking is a problem.  Advanced malware is a problem.  However, GETTING GOOD AT RISK ASSESSMENTS, RESPONDING TO RISK, and EXECUTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES is STILL the most reliable method for avoiding getting owned. The spin is spin.
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
2/26/2015 | 11:09:50 AM
Re: An example > borrow insurance?
@Sara, Call me naive but how is it possible to borrow insurance? Don't you need to provide information about your identity, beyond simply the insurance card/number? 
Sara Peters
50%
50%
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
2/25/2015 | 10:52:21 AM
Re: An example
@Nemos   Yes, you've got it. Health insurance in the US is very expensive, but the costs of medical appointments and procedures is INCREDIBLY expensive.

(For example, when I was admitted to the hospital a few years ago, the hospital room cost $800 per night. That's not including the doctors, the medication, the tests, the procedures, etc. The MRI I had was about $13,000 insurance, if I remember correctly. Even with insurance, the trip cost me a couple thousand dollars. Even with insurance, an ambulance trip cost me $600.)

And that's why people often ALLOW their friends/family to borrow their insurance. And why it costs so much to remediate the damage.

 
Nemos
50%
50%
Nemos,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/24/2015 | 5:50:29 PM
An example
Could you please give an example as here in Europe we have a bit different health system and I dont understand why one should cheat about his/her identity ? Is this action has to do that there is not a public insurance therefore you have to pay for your medical expenses ?


Data Leak Week: Billions of Sensitive Files Exposed Online
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/10/2019
Intel Issues Fix for 'Plundervolt' SGX Flaw
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/11/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
The Year in Security: 2019
This Tech Digest provides a wrap up and overview of the year's top cybersecurity news stories. It was a year of new twists on old threats, with fears of another WannaCry-type worm and of a possible botnet army of Wi-Fi routers. But 2019 also underscored the risk of firmware and trusted security tools harboring dangerous holes that cybercriminals and nation-state hackers could readily abuse. Read more.
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-5252
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-14
There is an improper authentication vulnerability in Huawei smartphones (Y9, Honor 8X, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i, Y6 Pro). The applock does not perform a sufficient authentication in a rare condition. Successful exploit could allow the attacker to use the application locked by applock in an instant.
CVE-2019-5235
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-14
Some Huawei smart phones have a null pointer dereference vulnerability. An attacker crafts specific packets and sends to the affected product to exploit this vulnerability. Successful exploitation may cause the affected phone to be abnormal.
CVE-2019-5264
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
There is an information disclosure vulnerability in certain Huawei smartphones (Mate 10;Mate 10 Pro;Honor V10;Changxiang 7S;P-smart;Changxiang 8 Plus;Y9 2018;Honor 9 Lite;Honor 9i;Mate 9). The software does not properly handle certain information of applications locked by applock in a rare condition...
CVE-2019-5277
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Huawei CloudUSM-EUA V600R006C10;V600R019C00 have an information leak vulnerability. Due to improper configuration, the attacker may cause information leak by successful exploitation.
CVE-2019-5254
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Certain Huawei products (AP2000;IPS Module;NGFW Module;NIP6300;NIP6600;NIP6800;S5700;SVN5600;SVN5800;SVN5800-C;SeMG9811;Secospace AntiDDoS8000;Secospace USG6300;Secospace USG6500;Secospace USG6600;USG6000V;eSpace U1981) have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. An attacker who logs in to the board m...