45 Million Medical Images Left Exposed Online

More than 45 million medical images—and the personally identifiable information (PII) and personal healthcare information (PHI) associated with them–have been left exposed online due to unsecured technology that’s typically used to store, send and receive medical data, new research has found.

A team from CybelAngel Analyst Team uncovered sensitive medical records and images–including X-rays CT scans and MRI images—that anyone can access online in a six-month investigation researchers conducted into network attached storage (NAS) and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM).

NAS is an inexpensive storage solution used mainly by small companies or individuals to store data rather than paying for more expensive dedicated servers or virtual cloud servers, while DICOM is a global standard used by healthcare professionals to transmit medical images.

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Source: ThreatPost