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Fri May 28, 2021, 12:00 PM

Sensitive data of 520 patients put online by Russian based hackers, HSE of Ireland reveals.

Sensitive data of 520 patients has been put online by hackers, HSE reveals
Independent IE
Eilish O'Regan
May 28 2021 04:18 PM

HSE data relating to around 520 patients, as well as some corporate documents, have been released on to the internet following the cyber-attack, the HSE revealed today.

The data includes sensitive patient data, minutes of meetings and correspondence with patients.

The HSE's Data Protection Office has followed the appropriate procedures, including notifying the relevant health service providers and the Data Protection Commission."

It said the process of notifying the patients involved has commenced.


FYI Health Service Executive (HSE) is the publicly funded healthcare system in the Republic of Ireland, responsible for the provision of health and personal social services.
The group responsible was identified as a criminal gang known as Wizard Spider, believed to be operating from Saint Petersburg, Russia. It used a program Conti ransomeware.

FBI warns Conti ransomware hit Ireland system, targeted 16 U.S. medical, emergency networks
by Heather Landi | May 24, 2021 11:57am
The same hackers that hit the Irish health system a week ago also targeted at least 16 U.S. medical and first responder networks in the past year, according to a federal law enforcement alert.

The cybercrime division of the FBI said cybercriminals using the malicious software dubbed "Conti" have targeted law enforcement, emergency medical services, dispatch centers and municipalities.

The alert didn't name specific victim organizations or offer details about the nature or severity of the breaches but said these healthcare and first responder networks are among the more than 400 organizations worldwide victimized by Conti, over 290 of which are located in the U.S., according to the FBI alert made public Thursday by the American Hospital Association.
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