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John Halamka, the Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says hackers attempt to break into the hospital's networks every 7 seconds. He has four people working fulltime to fend off attacks, many of which Halamka says are from East Cambridge (MIT) and Eastern Europe. Harvard hospital system =s big trophy. Halamka wrote about this on his blog last October and has a list of 10 recommendations for improved security. I post the link for anyone who didn't see it, and is thinking about the security of on-line (medical) records.

This program aired on May 11, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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