Premera hack: Another sign that data in the U.S. is under attack

Hacking the Gibson in the movie “Hackers”

Yes, it's happened again—an emormous breach of healthcare data. Eleven million users of Premera Blue Cross insurance will likely get free credit monitoring for a year, as this were somehow recompense for bad security, inept IT, bad asset management, and insulting the dignity of their clientele. And this is not the end.

It should be considered that most insurance companies, if not all, are under attack. It's also likely that financial institutions, major retailers, and especially the U.S. government are as well. Have we any shouts from the White House or Congress that we're under attack and need to deploy (data) troops? No. They sit and twiddle their thumbs in budgetary brinkmanship, paying off campaign contributors by allowing foreign heads of state to thwart constitutionally endowed foreign policy, and so forth.

It's your data and my data, folks. Cloud-based or locked away in an ostensibly protected data vault, it's ripe for the picking. Whether Anthem, Premera, Target, TJ Maxx, ad infinitum, we're getting hacked, while we're spending money on fake cellphone towers to monitor cellphone conversations and location-based data.

Where is the hue and cry? How much data assets do people have to lose before strong and visible action is taken? Should they ALL be flushed away, along with our dignity and our personas? The mind reels.

Even when healthcare data is used legally, we have no standards, and privacy standards are largely an oxymoron. Add the legal use/misuse, the stolen data, and the future doesn't look very bright. Worse: don't expect government intervention to do much. They're busy arguing about the rantings of obscure orthodoxy and campaign contributors.

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