Your records or the money! Hospitals held to ransom

Troubling to say the least.     News Ltd. reports:"Criminal gangs are illegally accessing health records to steal people’s identity, a major new report on electronic data breaches reveals.And cyber criminals have threatened to shut down busy hospitals by encrypting every patient’s electronic record so they can’t be accessed by doctors or nursing staff.The cyberattacks create chaos when doctors can’t get hold of critical information in the middle of surgery and have brought every aspect of hospital operations to a halt.Access to the medical records is only reinstated when the hospital agrees to pay a seven figure ransom.The scams have come to light after global technology and communication company Verizon released its latest global data breach report, which included Australia.This report finds healthcare is now the only industry where employees are the main culprits in these types of data breaches.Fifteen per cent of the 42,000 data breaches recorded last year involved healthcare organisations, the report shows.

Health care is the only industry where insiders more likely to steal the data. Picture Getty Images.

Health care is the only industry where insiders more likely to steal the data. Picture Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

The revelation of the data breaches come as the Federal Government is preparing to automatically set up an electronic My Health record for every Australian unless individuals expressly take action to opt out of the system.News Corp Australia revealed recently only 147 out of one million Australians already automatically given a My Health record has set up a PIN number to protect their health information.