Motives Other Than Profit May Be Behind Recent Data Breaches (Info Management)


Those conducting two recent cyberattacks against healthcare provider organizations didn’t appear to have a profit motive for gaining access to documents or systems.

Rather, the attempts seem to take advantage of resulting news stories to draw attention to other issues, or to just prove that access could be achieved, not necessarily to access and use the stolen data, says Linn Freedman, a partner and chair of the data privacy and security team at the law firm of Robinson+Cole.

Central Ohio Urology Group with 29 physicians and physician assistants had more than 101,000 Word and PDF documents stolen in a recent incursion, and the Ukrainian hacker displayed some of the patient data on a web site.