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More and more doctors and hospitals are digitizing medical records — making massive amounts of personal data more vulnerable to hackers. The latest target: Anthem insurance, with 80 million customer records. Are companies getting the protection they need from the US government?

Also, President Obama readies a war authorization, and a wife and mother who can’t wait to do her job: taking photographs at the risk of her life.

Photo: Don Waldron

Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Obama Readies War Authorization 6 MIN, 30 SEC

It's been six months since President Obama began air strikes against the so-called Islamic State. Some 3000 military personnel already are on the ground. Now, under pressure from Capitol Hill, the White House is ready to ask Congress for formal permission. Josh Rogin is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a political analyst for CNN.

Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View (@joshrogin)

Healthcare: An Easy Target for Cyber Criminals 34 MIN, 46 SEC

Target, Sony and JP Morgan are all major companies recently hit by cyber-attacks that rippled through the economy.  The latest is Anthem, the second largest health-insurer in the United States — with 80 million customers — past and present, including defense contractors and government employees.  Medical records are treasure troves for identity thieves.  Anthem didn't encrypt them — and didn't have to under federal law.  The private sector is on its own against state-sponsored hackers like China's so-called "Deep Panda."  Can Washington provide needed protection without further violating personal privacy?

Michael Riley, Bloomberg News (@rileybloomberg)
David Kibbe, Direct Trust (@kibbedavid)
Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike (@Shawn365Henry)
Gabriella Coleman, McGill University (@BiellaColeman)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)
Mark Burnett on cyber security

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario: "It's What I Do" 8 MIN, 36 SEC

New York Times photojournalist Lynsey Addario was already well known for pictures from war zones and other troubled places when she was kidnapped in Libya four years ago. She was held for a week with other journalists, then finally released. That close call inspired her to become a mother — but not to quit her dangerous job.

"While covering war, there were days when I had boundless courage and there were days… when I was terrified from the moment I woke up."

That's a passage from Addario's new memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's life of Love and War.

All photos courtesy of Lynsey Addario.

Lynsey Addario, New York Times (@lynseyaddario)

It's What I Do

Lynsey Addario


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