p2pnet news view | Security:- Thousands of Albertans are being warned their personal and private medical information may have been seriously compromised.
Provincial privacy commissioner Frank Work made the “dire diagnosis” as police were investigating, “how someone hacked into the Alberta Health Services computer system in Edmonton and had a chance to view and photograph the medical files of 11,582 people,” says the Edmonton Sun.
Compromised data included names, addresses, health-care numbers, lab test results and diagnoses, the story has officials saying.
“I’m very worried,” said Work, who’s, “awaiting forensic results from AHS information systems experts that might determine how the security breach could have happened”.
Electronic medical records were exposed from May 14-29, “”after an attack by new variations of a Trojan-horse-style virus called Coreflood and Coreflood.C that could have come in via an e-mail, a laptop or other device,” the story quotes Bill Trafford, AHS senior VP and CIO discerning.
“Trafford admitted those forms of viruses have been circulating for several years but new variations can essentially be tweaked to beat the most up-to-date anti-virus software,” the Sun says.
Coreflood infected only the Edmonton network, “but patient files from anywhere in Alberta may have been affected,” says AHS spokeswoman Shannon Evans in the Calgary Herald.
Evans said the virus worked by taking sporadic screen shots of infected computers.
So say somebody was looking at a Word document, it might have taken a screen shot of that and then that data would be uploaded to a server outside the AHS network, she said.
People with concerns can contact 1-877-583-9977.
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