Anonymous Hacks NHS System, Data of 1.2 Million Patients Allegedly Exposed

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The NHS has once again been the target of hackers, this time with a member of the famous group Anonymous managing to breach the appointment booking system and expose details of 1.2 million patients.

SwiftQueue, who handles appointments of eight NHS trusts, confirmed the hack, but said that only some 32,500 “lines of administrative data” had been exposed following the breach. This includes personal details of patients, like names, dates of birth, phone numbers, and email addresses.

On the other hand, SwiftQueue says that no medical records have been accessed, and passwords are entirely secure because they’re encrypted.

“We recently became aware of a cyber attack which affected a small subset of administrative data sets, with the breach fixed within three hours. There were 32,501 lines of administrative data, some of it test data which related to ‘dummy’ patients. We are in the process of informing the patients affected,” the company says.

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