Medical information can be worth ten times more than credit card numbers on the dark web. Cyber criminals can use this data to create fake IDs to buy medical equipment or drugs or combine a patient number with a false provider number and file fictional claims with insurers.

Consumers often discover their credentials have been stolen a long time after cyber criminals have used their personal medical ID to impersonate them and obtain health services.

Credit card data theft, on the other hand, can be quickly reported to banks, which can act immediately.