Healthcare startup Lyfebin exposed medical images; startup denies they were real or identifiable patient data

Zack Whittaker reports:

Healthcare startup Lyfebin exposed thousands of medical imaging files, such as X-rays, MRI scans and ultrasounds.

The Los Angeles-based healthcare startup allows doctors and medical staff to store medical images in its “secure environment,” per its website, allowing patients and doctors access from anywhere.

This seems to be one of those situations where the entity claims that exposed data were just test data. While some or even most of the data may have been de-identified or test data, Whittaker reports that at least some of it was identifiable. Despite that, Lyfebin reportedly threatened him and TechCrunch:

“If published, our legal team will review your article for any inaccuracies and will sue with the highest extent of the law for any malfeasance by you or TechCrunch,” the spokesperson said.

Threatening a reporter or news outlet is almost a certain guarantee of the Streisand Effect.

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