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Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
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Vikas Bhatia
Vikas Bhatia,
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12/11/2012 | 6:44:58 PM
re: Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and the current trend, globally, is highlighting some distressing facts. The healthcare industry is seen as a laggard in deploying information, or cyber, security controls in spite of the vast amount of personally identifiable and financial information that they process.

Contrary to perception the risk of healthcare records' breaches do not fall under the remit if IT. IT is the enabler of security controls not the group that defines what needs, or in deed should be done to protect the records.

There needs to be a fundamental shift in the thinking from the executive layer down and not the other way.

Healthcare information security is @notjust4squares

pops54
pops54,
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12/11/2012 | 11:14:58 PM
re: Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
there is no cyber securtity. medical records should not be kept online ever !!
AustinIT
AustinIT,
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12/12/2012 | 12:26:52 AM
re: Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
lol - your're suggestion is like saying that because polluters dump millions of tons of toxic contaminants into the atmosphere that people should not breathe the air.

Not gonna happen.
pops54
pops54,
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12/11/2012 | 11:18:48 PM
re: Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
i'm an engineer i studied assembly language programmming. what i understand is that once you can program at machine language level you can take over the whole machine and no software can help because the software is loaded at a higher level language order. this includes anti viruses. a hacker using machine language can go straight into the cpu and delete or bypass those programs before launching into your computer. i dunno how they do it but i know this is scientifically possible if you know base level programming. i'm talking hex pascal c that sort of thing..
pops54
pops54,
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12/11/2012 | 11:24:28 PM
re: Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
you control the cpu with boolean algebra .. the lowest order of programming. but i think these a hole hackers would use c for modern machines which are full of loopholes that are a hackers wet dream... its just too easy for them is what i am saying.. you have to keep medical data on seperate servers offline. tedious as it may be.. at least data is safe
jaysimmons
jaysimmons,
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12/13/2012 | 7:28:47 PM
re: Hackers Hold Australian Medical Records Ransom
Rather than paying the ransom or not working with the hackers, perhaps a better route would be to try to open up a line of communication with the people responsible for the attack and pay them to give up the vulnerability that they used to take over the systemGa whitehat type of deal. Surely what they did was wrong, but thereGs obviously a flaw that may be replicable in other systems. A small payment to divulge how they carried on the attack would allow patches to be created.

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