One of the biggest threats Americans face this year is with their health — information.
The health-care sector fell victim to hackers multiple times in 2015, and the targets included some of its biggest companies: Anthem, Premera Blue Cross and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield were all hacked last year. In the process, a total of nearly 95 million patient records were exposed. Once inside the databases of health organizations, cyber criminals potentially have access to Americans' most sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers, health insurance ID numbers, and even employment and income data.
Why hackers are targeting health care now is two-fold: In part, it's because hackers can make more money selling people's personal information compared to what they can make selling only credit card numbers. It's also partly because of the ease with which hackers can crack the health industry's defenses.