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Gamers Raid Medical Server to Host Black Ops

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A medical server was compromised to host a Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer server.

The Register reports that unknown hackers took control of a medical server storing sensitive patient information and created a dedicated multiplayer server for the just-released Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Although the breach was originally discovered on November 12, 2010, New Hampshire-based Seacoast Radiology told patients on Tuesday that the hacked server stored their names, social security numbers, medical diagnosis codes, addresses and other details. Currently there's no evidence of any misuse of the private information; however, patients were warned to keep an eye out for any foul play.

After discovering the breach, the medical group called in ID Experts to investigate. According to Lisa MacKenzie, a spokesperson for the firm, the hackers were located in Scandinavia however she did not provide details on how the firm came to that conclusion. Other details of the breach, including the weakness in security that allowed the hackers to take over, were also kept under wraps.

The November breach was discovered after an administrator noticed a huge drop in bandwidth. After the investigation, ID Experts reported the incident to the federal Department of Health and Human Services as well as the New Hampshire attorney general.

It's unclear how long the hackers had the Black Ops server up and running before the breach was discovered, however the security flaw was eventually tracked down and fixed.

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    jdamon113 , January 14, 2011 7:26 PM
    I"m Hit !!!! Medic !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Parrdacc , January 14, 2011 6:42 PM
    Wow! To actually do that to play a game. Now that's what I would call an addiction.
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    PC_GI , January 14, 2011 6:46 PM
    Classic..
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    kyee7k , January 14, 2011 6:51 PM
    Endangering other peoples' lives to save yours.
    Wait, what?!
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    misry , January 14, 2011 6:56 PM
    They should have made it a time limited server and only allowed operation from 1900 to 0600 local time. A hidden dir and a couple of nicely done scripts and no-one would have been able to detect it. Probably.
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    im_thelumberjack , January 14, 2011 6:58 PM
    Why would you create a dedicated server over 4,000 miles away none the less hack one to play a game. The pings would be terrible.
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    nforce4max , January 14, 2011 7:08 PM
    Ughhh euros -_- they should learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch and that they are not entitled to the services and property of others when it is not meant for their use. In this case hacking into a server that was for medical use.
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    Trialsking , January 14, 2011 7:14 PM
    This is why developers do not like to create games with dedicated server support. They are doing it to protect medical information everywhere! Just say no to dedicated servers.
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    restatement3dofted , January 14, 2011 7:17 PM
    nforce4maxUghhh euros -_- they should learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch and that they are not entitled to the services and property of others when it is not meant for their use. In this case hacking into a server that was for medical use.


    Hey, how's the view from up there?
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    dman3k , January 14, 2011 7:25 PM
    what a bunch of douche-bags to do that to a medical server
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    jdamon113 , January 14, 2011 7:26 PM
    I"m Hit !!!! Medic !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Niva , January 14, 2011 7:54 PM
    The bigger question is why this medical server had external access, I know hospitals have to share data but there's gotta be a smarter way to store that information or at least keep it encrypted.
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    Von Death , January 14, 2011 7:56 PM
    Healthcare Bill Sees First Success.
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    woshitudou , January 14, 2011 8:12 PM
    Did it really happen or is this just marketing?
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2011 8:41 PM
    ur ugly
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    hellwig , January 14, 2011 8:47 PM
    kyee7kEndangering other peoples' lives to save yours.Wait, what?!

    Nah, this server is just for billing and insurance claims. Medical records are still kept in hard-copy files (by law).
    im_thelumberjackWhy would you create a dedicated server over 4,000 miles away none the less hack one to play a game. The pings would be terrible.

    Why would you hack a server at all? All it takes is a cheap computer running linux. In most of Scandinavia, they have 10-100mbps running to each and every home, so it wasn't a bandwidth issue either. This was done purely for the thrill of it. Some nerd in his mom's basement got a hard-on doing it, and that's all you need to know.
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    Yuka , January 14, 2011 9:01 PM
    hellwigThis was done purely for the thrill of it. Some nerd in his mom's basement got a hard-on doing it, and that's all you need to know.


    Hey, it could've been a muscled tanned blond in-his-20s trying to impress a 18 year old model while being at her home over a LAN Party with some friends... It could... It...

    You know what, never mind.

    Cheers!
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    JsPcKiP , January 14, 2011 9:45 PM
    HIPPA wont be happy
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    soundping , January 14, 2011 10:03 PM
    CoDBO isn't worth spit.
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    Maxor127 , January 14, 2011 10:04 PM
    im_thelumberjackWhy would you create a dedicated server over 4,000 miles away none the less hack one to play a game. The pings would be terrible.

    I was thinking the exact same thing.
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    Lmeow , January 14, 2011 11:47 PM
    Why would you waste your time? Black Ops is a pretty overhyped and most definitely an overrated game.
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