“Act of cybercrime” in France – patient data from laboratories on the web


The illegal dissemination of sensitive patient data on the Internet continues to cause a stir in France. Dedalus France, which specializes in software in the healthcare sector, criticized a “serious act of cybercrime” on Friday. This would have led to the violation of the data of some laboratory customers, it said in a message. The company has identified 28 affected laboratories in six different departments. They want to determine the sources of the cyber attack.

Previously, there had been reports that medical data from nearly 500,000 French citizens had been disseminated online. The National Commission on Informatics and Freedoms then announced that it would examine the reports to officially confirm that a corresponding file had been made available. The public prosecutor’s office had also opened an investigation.

According to the media, the data should be, for example, information on blood group, possible pregnancy or drug treatment of laboratory customers. The data is said to have been collected between 2015 and 2020.

Most recently, there were also cyber attacks on two hospitals in France. Head of state Emmanuel Macron then announced that he wanted to create an observatory for the safety of health facilities.


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