Fri, Jan 14, 2011 | 06:08 GMT
Medical servers hacked to host Black Ops matches
There’s no good reason to hack servers full of crucially important medial information.
We’re pretty sure, however, that this is the worst.
According to The Register, it’s now been revealed that the hackers responsible for a mid-November server security breach at New Hampshire-based Seacoast Radiology completely disregarded people’s privacy and safety for one reason: to play Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The server was home to more than 230,000 patients’ names, social security numbers, addresses, diagnosis codes, and other similarly personal information. Seacoast responded by warning patients to watch for signs of identity theft and things of the like.
A firm called ID Experts recently got to the bottom of the breach, and that’s where they caught the apparently amoral Black Ops players red-handed. Well, sort of. ID Experts traced the hackers’ IP addresses to Scandinavia, but also note that they very well could have spoofed their IP addresses.
The server weakness has since been fixed, thankfully.
The screw that’s come loose in modern society’s collective brain, however, has most certainly not.