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Hacking attacks against healthcare organizations increased 85 percent between February 2007 and January 2008, according to SecureWorks. Attempted attacks increased from an average of 11,146 per healthcare client per day in the first half of 2007 to an average of 20,630 per healthcare client per day in the last half of 2007 through January 2008. The company attributes part of the increase to a rise in client-side attacks (attacks against employees’ PCs); healthcare organizations’ large attack surfaces; and the volume of personal, identifiable data that organizations store.

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