547,000 (health insured) customers later

Where will it all end?The revelation that Bupa, a provider of medical and hospital insurance-cover, has had its data breached by an employee, ought cause alarm to anyone who would want - and who wouldn't? - their medical information not readily available for the world at large to see.

"Bupa's international health insurance arm was hit by a malicious act in its British office, putting the private information of almost 20,000 Australian customers in danger.The company admitted on Friday that an employee had "inappropriately copied and removed some customer information" at its Bupa Global division, which provides international health insurance for frequent travellers or people who work overseas.

The data was then "made available to other parties", he added."We are contacting those customers who are affected to apologise and advise them, as we believe the information has been made available to other parties."

A Bupa Australia spokesperson said that, among the 547,000 customers affected worldwide, 19,595 were believed to be Australians.

"It is important to point out that this was not a cyber attack or external data breach. It was deliberate act by an employee in the UK who had no access to customer data for the Bupa Australia Health Insurance business, which is kept on separate systems," the spokesperson said."

It says something for the internal security controls at BUPA - and they aren't the only ones with slack security protocols - that something like what has happened in the first place.....and what good will an apology to the customers do?Best from your point of view best to secure yourself LifeBank - and stay off the cloud.

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