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Medical data of 655 000 Americans put up for sale by hacker

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3664 (Published 30 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3664
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Toronto

The personal data of 655 000 Americans—stolen by a hacker known as “thedarkoverlord”— has been put up for sale on dark web markets where stolen data are traded.

The hacker stole databases from three organizations: one in Atlanta, Georgia, with 397 000 personal records; another in the midwest with 210 000 records; and the third in Farmington, Missouri, with 48 000 entries. Asking prices for the different databases were $411 000 (£305 000; €368 000), $205 000, and $100 000.

The prices were listed in bitcoin, an untraceable internet currency, and advertised on the Real Deal internet marketplace, …

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