Hacking is a major industry and one that has no borders and no way for any government or authority to stop it. China even has a massive building devoted solely to hacking (see book Future Crimes). Our government wasn’t prepared to stop it. Target and others stores weren’t prepared to stop it. And now health insurance companies are proving to be as weak as everyone else. Did you know that it took Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health plan almost a year to notify some 1.1 million of its members that their personal data had been swiped by hackers? What’s more, the cyberattack wasn’t even detected in-house! This is pathetic.
Who cares if China or Russia has your medical information? Well, how about a simple example. Let’s say a certain candidate wants to run in a few years and is tough on pollution coming from these countries. Just maybe his history of chlamydia and gonorrhea gets leaked? There are so many more ways that hacking can hurt you. What if the next Edward Snowden puts up a website with everyone’s health issues on it. You can just look up what medical problems your neighbor has. HIPAA be damned.
There is power in information both in good and bad ways. I give these damn insurance companies enough of my money and time so to now feel that they couldn’t give a crap about my information makes me very angry. You should be as well.