Hackers Target Diagnostic Lab, Leaks Medical Records, Including that of HIV Patients

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Hackers Target Diagnostic Lab, Leaks Medical Records, Including that of HIV Patients
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1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530

The website of a diagnostic lab in Maharashtra was hacked and medical records, including that of patients with HIV, were leaked online.

The data comprised over 35,000 patients’ medical records with details such as patients’ names, their age, gender, blood test report, lipid profile and other medical parameters

The Mumbai-based laboratory, Health Solutions, has close to 250 centres across the city and over 10,000 collection points in various states in India. Apart from the patients’ records, the website also had 5000 other files including administrative documents. The lab erased all its records from the website on Friday evening.

The laboratory allowed patients to give their sample at one point and access reports from another location, using the online portal. Officials at Health Solutions have claimed that they were able to prevent photographs and contact details of patients from going public.

The Indian Express reported that the website’s developer, Sunil Mourya had informed the paper that the hacker had used the guise of a Chinese server though he is India-based.  The data had remained available for several hours on the website (www.hsppl.com) and on search engines, before it was erased.

Reports suggested that the lab’s website was hacked several times in the past as well. The lab claimed that they will adopt a new system to prevent security breach in future.

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