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Sensitive medical information hidden behind simple password

Thursday 19 April 2012

Confidential medical records belonging to thousands of people in Brabant were easily accessible on a website for medical professionals, local broadcaster Omroep Brabant reports.

The information came from a laboratory which carried out blood and other tests and was uploaded on the Cyberlab website. But Cyberlab users were able to access the test results using a simple password and find out, for example, if patients were HIV positive.

The leak was discovered by a member of political party 50Plus, the broadcaster said.
‘It is ridiculous,’ said 50Plus leader Henk Krol. ‘I could see exactly which patients had used alcohol or drugs.’

The Cyberlab website has since been taken off air.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The Dutch beat the US in CISPA type invasive spying. Protest wherever you can!

By Al | 20 April 2012 8:23 AM

I really cannot understand how and why this keeps happening here. We can all read about this in the news week after week.

By Bill | 20 April 2012 9:04 AM

"I really cannot understand how and why this keeps happening here." (Bill)

Lack of investment in IT training and/or lack of proper selection of IT staff!

By Gerard | 20 April 2012 12:08 PM

An excellent excuse or a coverup?

This is not the first or last (leak?)of (private?) info - from a data base of alcohol & drug users, the weed passes are already on the way!

By The Visitor | 21 April 2012 4:08 AM

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