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The intruder was able to use highly sophisticated malware technology to attack the systems and bypass the company's security measures. According to CNN, the massive data breach could have been avoided after media reports earlier this year and warnings from cybersecurity professionals were voiced. Security researchers at TrustedSec said the hospital network did not update its systems to patch the bug soon enough.
The hackers took advantage of "Heartbleed," a defect in the way computers communicate securely with websites.
The bug starts with a hole in the software a vast majority of websites on the Internet use to turn personal information into strings of random numbers and letters. If a padlock image is shown in the address bar of a web browser, there's a good chance the site is using the encryption software affected by the Heartbleed bug.
The bug allows potential hackers to take advantage of a feature computers use to see if they're still online. The most popular sites affected by this,
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