Author: 
Shirley Li
The Atlantic
Thursday, March 19, 2015

As we've learned from recent reports, hackers often carry out massive cyber attacks to gain access to financial data through banks and retail companies, but this week's breach hit a seemingly new target: medical data, taken from the health insurance company Premera Blue Cross. The attack affected 11 million patients, making it the largest cyber attack involving medical information to date. "Advanced cybersecurity defenses are still a relatively new idea to many healthcare organizations," said Greg Kazmierczak, the CTO of data-security company Wave Systems Corp. "Big banks and large financial firms, on the other hand, have been dealing with these issues internally and in the public eye for the past decade or so with the large-scale breaches of JP Morgan and Bank of America."