Data thieves break into a small-town doctor’s system. They use advanced hacking methods to not only gain access to the healthcare information inside it, but make that data completely inaccessible for the provider. They steal the protected health information of the physicians’ patients, encrypt it, and post an electronic ransom note demanding that the doctor pay up to get the data back.
Gripping, right? It sounds like the plot of an action movie. I’d watch that.
But if the above scenario were to play out in movie form, the first words on big screens in theaters would be ‘Based on a True Story,’ because the tale of ‘Electronic Medical Records for Ransom’ actually took place earlier this year.