Hackers hold Australian Health records hostage

A group of Russian hackers are reportedly holding medical records of an Australian Clinic hostage and demanding a ransom of Australian $400 million. The cyber criminals hacked into the server of the clinic and encrypted the records and demanding ransom to release the decryption key.


The incident highlights the risk of neglecting information security in an organizational environment particularly if the organization holds sensitive data.

It appears that the clinic is in a vulnerable state since it does not seem to have an effective backup again a failure of a proper Information Assurance program.


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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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