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Imagine having plastic surgery to later learn your nude photos or medical information has been posted online or sent to people you know.  

The FBI just issued a warning that cyber hackers are targeting plastic surgery centers and their patients to extort money.  

The HIPPA Journal reports hackers attacked the office of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie earlier this year and posted patient photos on the web, demanding ransom payments to take them down.  

After a few more reported attacks on other plastic surgery centers this year, the FBI issued an alert that hackers are targeting plastic surgery offices and their often affluent patients.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons sent out a warning to its members that hackers send phishing emails to surgery centers posing as ASPS staff members, then deploy malware to harvest patient records.  

“A lot of times, when they’re getting plastic surgery, it’s not something that they want to broadcast to to the world,” said Nottingham.

Nottingham says patients should ask healthcare providers how they will protect their information, and limit what they post about themselves online.

The FBI also recommends using using unique passwords or a password manager and two factor authentication to protect your digital accounts.

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