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Australia – Health and Community Services Union Tasmania

Exploit: Unsecured Database
Health and Community Services Union Tasmania: Regional Health Department 

Risk to Small Business: 2.772 = Severe

A massive data exposure was uncovered at Tasmania’s Health department, leading to the exposure of some extremely sensitive information. Reports have surfaced that any person who called the State’s ambulance service starting in November 2020 have had their personal details posted publicly online. The data leak has since been addressed and is under investigation.

Individual Risk: 1.811 = Severe

Reports say that over 26,000 pages of pager messages about patients between the ambulance service, dispatchers and healthcare personnel have been published including patients’ condition, personal details, addresses, HIV status, gender and age.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Security lapses like this aren’t just regrettable, they’re preventable. Failure to make sure that sensitive information is actually secure doesn’t speak well to any organization’s commitment to security.