Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital leaks data of 200 patients

published: Oct. 5, 2023

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Sensitive personal data of nearly 200 patients at Royal Women’s Hospital in Parkville, Melbourne was exposed due to a cyber breach involving a staff member's private email.

The hospital extended apologies to the affected patients and assured that steps were being taken to address the breach, emphasizing that medical records and official hospital systems remained secure.

The breach occurred when a staff member forwarded work-related emails to their private email for review, which was later accessed by cybercriminals. The hospital conducted a thorough forensic investigation and promptly notified the majority of affected patients, with the rest to be informed via registered mail.

To provide support and guidance, a hotline has been established, enabling affected patients to seek advice from cybersecurity experts and avail free counseling services.

Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital  leaks data of 200 patients