Medical data, cybercriminals' holy grail, now espionage target

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  • Monday, 08 Jun 2015

CONFIRMED: The New York Times this week reported that the hackers in the Office of Personnel Management intrusion may have snared the names of Chinese with links to American officials, potentially putting them in danger.

SINGAPORE: Whoever was behind the latest theft of personal data from US government computers, they appear to be following a new trend set by cybercriminals: targeting increasingly valuable medical records and personnel files. 

This data, experts say, is worth a lot more to cybercriminals than, say, credit card information. And the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach revealed on June 4 suggests cyberspies may now also be finding value in it. 

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