Australian military health data went straight to China: report

click to enlargeThe Australian Defence Department confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald that protected health data of hundreds of Defence Forces personnel went to (guess where!) China. However, as breaches go, this was an easy hack–it was sent by a health contractor, Luxottica Retail Australia, which contracts with manufacturer Tristar Optical in Dongguan, Guangdong province. Those affected included soldiers posted overseas to Afghanistan and special forces commandos who went on to be deployed to Iraq. Luxottica has since lost its contract with principal contractor Medibank Health Solutions. Both Medibank and Defence have had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do with the Government. According to the SMH, “the revelations raised particular concern within the Defence establishment because of China’s extensive involvement in state-sponsored hacking and cyber-espionage, with Beijing showing a particular interest in accessing personal records of government workers in the US.” A ‘twin-spin’ of Data Insecurity: healthcare and military! Hat tip to Malcolm Fisk of Coventry University via LinkedIn updates.

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