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Gamers Hijack Medical Server to Play ‘Call of Duty’

/ Source: SecurityNewsDaily

Nothing, not even the law, is going to stop gamers from playing "Call of Duty."

On Tuesday (Jan. 11), Seacoast Radiology in Rochester, N.H., notified all potentially affected patients that its server had been hacked in November, exposing the names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical procedure codes of 231,400 people.

But unlike most cyberattacks, the hackers in this case weren’t interested in identity theft.

Their goal? They wanted to play " Call of Duty: Black Ops," and they needed some massive storage space.

On Nov. 12 at 2:00 a.m., the hackers hijacked Seacoast’s server, staying for a total of four-and-a-half hours, said Don Wood, Seacoast Radiology’s business manager.

Wood told SecurityNewsDaily that Seacoast has not received any reports of identity theft related to the incident. He believes the hackers took advantage of the server’s size simply to play the massively popular video game and nothing more.

“Our server is 232 gigabytes,” Wood told SecurityNewsDaily. “If somebody tried to download it with the speed that we have, it would take them 27 days. We don’t think there’s someone out there with a huge database trying to pick and choose who they’re going to attack.”

Although the rogue gaming compromised the server and the sensitive data stored on it, Seacoast said no credit card information was stored on the server.