Hackers steal data of 1.4 million people who took Covid tests in France

AFP - [email protected] • 16 Sep, 2021 Updated Thu 16 Sep 2021 08:23 CEST
Hackers steal data of 1.4 million people who took Covid tests in France
A health worker uses a cotton swab to perform a test on a patient, in a Covid-19 test centre installed at Orly airport, near Paris on November 6, 2020. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP)

Hackers stole the personal data of around 1.4 million people who took Covid-19 tests in France in 2020, hospital officials disclosed on Wednesday.


Hospital officials said they filed a complaint with the Paris prosecutor's office on Wednesday after confirming on September 12th that such a cyber attack took place over the summer.

The theft affects around 1.4 million people who took tests in the greater Paris Île-de-France region in the middle of 2020, according to the complaint, although no exact dates were given.


Stolen were the identities, social security numbers and contact details of people tested as well as the identities and contact details of health professionals who dealt with them, along with the test results, the hospital organisation said.

But no other health information was stolen, they said.

In all, "the stolen files concern 1.4 million people, almost exclusively for tests taken in the middle of 2020" in the Paris region, the hospitals organisation said in a statement.

Those affected "will be notified individually in the coming days", they said.

The facts of the case were also reported to France's data watchdog, the CNIL, and the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI).

The CNIL said it had "opened an investigation into this violation".

The hackers did not target the national testing files but rather a "secure service for sharing files", which were used in September 2020 to transmit information "useful for contact tracing" to various health authorities.

The ministry of health also told AFP it has decided to file a complaint so that "all light is brought to bear on the leak, its consequences, and all the measures needed are taken to prevent a repeat of such an event".


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tom.bolton 2021/09/16 18:28
never a good thing - unless they tell people who's data has been stolen people should be vigilant and look for the following they will sell the data to those who are looking for live email and mobile phone numbers - and suddenly you will get hit with lots of adverts They will sell the information to illegal immigrants to create fake identities and get them into the French system they will clone the information to open fake bank accounts and take out loans and credit in your name There are 3 for you to think about

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