Over 32,000 patients across 48 states were impacted by a security breach of their Protected Health Information (PHI) that Cogent Health had outsourced to M2ComSys. The PHI was sometimes even indexed by Google, exposing patients names, physician names, dates of birth, diagnosis description, treatment data, medical history and medical records numbers. According to the article below, the outsourcing company's site had its firewall down. The access to these notes through the site began May 5, 2013, and ended following Cogent Healthcare’s discovery of the lapse on June 24, 2013.
Once considered a secure alternative to traditional cupper lines the use of fiber has not stopped the GCHQ (the U.K. version of the NSA in the U.S.) to eavesdrop on communications that traveled across these major data pipelines. This is just another uncovering of a major privacy violation in the "free world" which has been pointing to other countries for their rather open practice of eavesdropping on Internet communication.
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