As cyber attacks continue to target healthcare organizations, hackers are changing tactics, becoming more patient and sitting on stolen data until the perfunctory credit monitoring services offered to patients expires.

They can afford to do so, says Pam Hepp, a healthcare attorney at the Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney law firm in Pittsburgh. Sometimes, a hacker may dip into some of the acquired data to monetize it, but increasingly they’re holding most of it until monitoring activity ends.

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