Russian hackers break into Australian medical clinic

By Joel Falconer The Next Web 10 Dec ’12

A Gold Coast, Australia medical practice has been held to ransom by a group of Russian hackers. The hackers encrypted the practice’s patient database, rendering it unusable until decrypted.

The hackers have asked for the fairly low sum of $4,000, ABC News reports, noting that scammers tend to go for a low-yield, high-volume approach to increase their chances of a payout.

The practice in question is Miami Family Medical Centre, whose co-owner David Wood believed that anti-virus software was enough of a protection against intrusion and other security threats.

Cases like this should serve as a wake-up call for businesses to get proper security advice from professionals — particularly those responsible for sensitive medical information. When you deal with information like this, ignorance is not an excuse.


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