While personally identifiable information — full names, social security numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, credit card numbers — can be exploited by criminals to commit identity fraud, the theft of medical information can have equally serious impact on victims.
How hackers exploit medical data? Administrative paperwork — like medical licenses — to forge a doctor’s identity sells on the dark web for around $500. Insurance provider’s login information can be used to steal victim’s identity to claim insurance. Forging health insurance cards, prescriptions, and drug labels with an intention to carry drugs through the airport. Using hacked personal health information against individuals who have health issues for extortion and other crimes.