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Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek.

Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek.

Medical images and health data belonging to millions of Americans, including X-rays, MRIs and CT scans, are sitting unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise. The records cover more than 5 million patients in the U.S. and millions more around the world. In some cases, a snoop could use free software programs — or just a typical web browser — to view the images and private data, an investigation by ProPublica and the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk found. We identified 187 servers — computers that are used to store and retrieve medical data —...

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