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Hackers attempt to breach private hospital network

Mater Health has announced that its IT systems have been targeted by cyber criminals.

user icon Daniel Croft
Fri, 02 Dec 2022
Hackers attempt to breach private hospital network
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The company runs a network of private hospitals across Queensland, holding the confidential health records of thousands of Queenslanders. However, the company has confirmed that it “successfully stopped” the attack.

“Mater’s cyber security system recently detected and successfully stopped access to its IT network,” said a Mater spokesperson.

“There is no evidence that any personal information, medical information, or any other sensitive information has been compromised.

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“We are remaining vigilant and have implemented additional security measures, including requesting staff to change their passwords.”

The spokesperson continued, emphasising Mater’s dedication to cyber security.

“Mater is continually upgrading its systems and processes to ensure its sensitive data remains protected from the ongoing threat of cyber crime, which is faced by all organisations.

“Ensuring the security, privacy and protection of patients’ healthcare data is an ongoing priority for Mater.

“Mater has comprehensive systems and processes in place to ensure sensitive information is protected.”

The hack comes just a day after the Medibank hackers released the health records of thousands of members in what appears to be one final dump.

The hackers posted 5GB of compressed files containing what is assumed to be the entirety of the stolen data, announcing “case closed”.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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