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Chinese hackers used Heartbleed to steal 4.5 million medical records

Chinese hackers used Heartbleed to steal 4.5 million medical records
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Heartbleed's name isn't the only thing about it that's catchy. The devastating security flaw in Web Secure Socket Layers has stuck in my mind and the minds every security-conscious tech guru because of its long-reaching effects.

Get educated about Heartbleed: Check out this need-to-know tip.

The latest Heartbleed aftershock is the discovery that 4.5 million patient records were stolen from Community Health Systems Inc. by Chinese hackers. While Community Health Systems claims that "no patient medical or financial information was transferred," we all know the danger of the Heartbleed bug.

The Chinese embassy claimed that it didn't know about the attack. Medical records are usually valuable to identity thieves, and I've already written about hacks that actually were probably sponsored by the Chinese military.

Multiple attacks happened between April and June, but the initial incursion happened about a week after Heartbleed went public. Had the company updated their security protocols in a timely manner, those records might have been safe and the hackers may have been foiled.

Keep your everything updated. Your browser, operating system, Flash player, and anything else that interacts with the Internet needs to be kept up to date with the latest security fixes and solutions. Don't let your laziness buy a computer hacker their next meal.

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Source: Bloomberg
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