Yet, another reason why drug testing labs need to be put under better watch, industry leading drug testing lab, LabCorp, suffered a security breach which has potentially exposed millions of user’s private medical information.
The attack which reportedly occurred on July 14 resulted in the drug testing lab shutting down access to records on their website while they investigated.
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LabCorp has said in a statement that it does not believe that any private medical information was compromised during the hack, but the typical playbook for companies that have suffered from a security breach is to first deny any data was stolen and then to slowly leak out additional details, so we’ll have to see whether this leads to further statements from the company pertaining to this incident.
The reason that companies tend to follow this path is that when a security breach is first detected, it’s like noticing that the front door to your house is wide open. First thing you might do is check to see if anybody entered your home and whether or not they’re still there.
This is the point where most companies report their security breach to the public.
They haven’t had time to really check things out and see if anything is missing. Yet, they are pressured to assure customers and investors that nothing is wrong so unless someone entered the house and trashed the place, the standard procedure is to claim that there is no reason to believe that anything has been stolen.
It is only when they start going room by room that they begin to notice a light left on, drawers left open, things missing, etc.
Ultimately, the homeowner may never know what happened in their house. Many companies don’t even know the extent of how badly they’ve been breached until their data goes up for sale on underground websites.
Data is unique in the sense that someone can steal it and you don’t know it’s missing. If someone steals your watch, you no longer have your watch. But data is simply copied or downloaded and the drug testing lab that owns it still has it so it’s difficult to determine whether any data was stolen or how much.
This is why you often see constant revisions to the number of records stolen. First they see 1 million stolen credit cards from their system online and they tell the public that only 1 million people were impacted. Then another 5 million credit cards from their system go up for sale and they revise the number.
Whether LabCorp will ever know the full extent of the security breach is unknown. They are almost fully relying on the data to turn up somewhere so they can find out what was taken based on what people are selling on underground websites.