Hackers hijack medical server to play Black Ops

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Some people, if they'd found they were able to break into a medical server containing confidential patient records, might consider blackmail. Not so the hackers of Seacoast Radiology's system - they used it to play Call of Duty: Black Ops instead.

Rochester, PA-based Seacoast Radiology says it discovered on November 12 last year that an office server containing personal patient data and billing information for over 230,000 people was accessed by an unauthorized third party.

It disabled access to the server immediately, and has warned patients whose information has been compromised.

An investigation has revealed that personal information, including name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, medical procedure codes, diagnosis codes and billing information was stored on the server, although patient radiology reports and banking information were not. 

But according to reports, the hackers weren't interested in any of the data. All they did on gaining access was play the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Seacoast hasn't revealed their score.

"Seacoast Radiology has engaged with several computer security experts and has implemented security procedural changes to keep patient data secure from unauthorized access," says the company.

"It is important to remember that a potential exposure of your personal information does not necessarily mean that you have experienced or will experience a fraud or identity theft." 

Not if the hackers are keen enough gamers, anyway.