Chinese cyber actors trying to steal US healthcare data, officials say

Becker's Hospital Review

Jackie Drees

Cyber threat actors with connections to China are targeting U.S. healthcare and genomic data by hacking and other extraction methods, according to a February alert issued by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

The People's Republic of China has used both legal and illegal methods for years to gather large healthcare datasets from the U.S. and other countries, according to the alert.

"While no one begrudges a nation conducting research to improve medical treatments, the PRC’s mass collection of DNA at home has helped it carry out human rights abuses against domestic minority groups and support state surveillance," the NCSC alert states. "The PRC’s collection of healthcare data from America poses equally serious risks, not only to the privacy of Americans, but also to the economic and national security of the U.S."

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