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Medical records of 24 million people from dozens of countries were in an open access network. This writes Bleeping Computer, Recalling the report of the German company Greenbone Networks working in the field of cybersecurity.
Experts have found the free access to 400 million images acquired from patients after computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray. In addition, they found information such as the names of patients, their date of birth, date of examination, type of examination, name of physician and name of hospital where there were patients.
These data were stored on a special medical servers, the safety of which was tested in Greenbone Networks. Of 2.3 thousand analyzed 590 servers were not protected, while in most cases the administrators did not use basic security measures, such as, for example, set password.
Vulnerable servers were discovered in 52 countries. Europe’s leader in the number of publicly available medical data were Italy, North America — United States.
The experts saw no indication that these were being exploited. They noted, however, that this information can be used for blackmail, extortion and identity theft with the purpose of receiving medical care.
Previously the network has flowed data of thousands of customers popular cosmetics store Sephora. Representatives of the company said that hackers took customer data from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.
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