Medical identity theft
As if online credit fraud wasn't bad enough, your health records are also vulnerable to hackers. We learned in Season 1 of CSI: Cyber that Dr. Avery Ryan's patient files were once stolen via the internet and one of her patients was murdered as a result. Health records may be easier to hack at smaller practices, where there isn't an IT department trained in the latest encryption practices. The crime is especially tempting given that thieves can make ten times as much for stolen health files than for bank numbers. Not only can a sketchy hacker sell your information, they could also impersonate you to acquire prescription medications.
Because most victims only notice medical identity theft after a criminal has abused their health insurance, fraud losses can pile up. Over a two-year span, Medicare alone experienced losses of $6 billion. HIPAA was designed to prevent health insurance fraud, but with so much of our lives going digital, the law is scrambling to catch up .