St. Jude Medical, Medtronic and Boston Scientific targeted. The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this week, from what they termed a source close to the companies, that all three companies had data intrusions that lasted for several months during 2013, and were not aware of them until alerted by Federal authorities. None of the companies, nor the FBI, confirmed or commented on this for the Chronicle. The attacks were “very thorough” and the source stated that they showed signs of being committed by hackers in China. The attraction of all three companies–Medtronic being the world’s largest– is their intellectual property and of course patient data, with the article mentioning confidential patient data collection from clinical trials. Also iHealthBeat.
Previously in TTA: US health data breaches hit record; Healthcare.gov backdoored?