US News COVID-19 tests: Personal data of about 1.4 million people stolen at the AP-HP

01:45  16 september  2021
01:45  16 september  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Tests Covid-19 : les données personnelles d’environ 1,4 million personnes volées à l’AP-HP © Copyright 2021, Obs

Personal data of approximately 1.4 million people, who performed A COVID-19 screening test in Ile-de-France MI-2020, were stolen "as a result of an IT attack", announced this Wednesday, September 15, the Paris Hospital Assistance (AP -HP).

This attack was "conducted during the summer and confirmed on September 12," said the AP-HP, which added that lodged a complaint on Wednesday to the Paris Prosecutor.

The facts were also reported to the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL) and the National Information Systems Safety Agency (ANSSI).

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Pirates have not targeted the National Screening Tests (SI-DEP) file but "a secure file sharing service", used "In a very punctual way in September 2020" to transmit to health insurance and regional health agencies (ARS) information "useful to" contact tracing "".

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Identity, coordinates, results ...

These data include "identity, social security number and contact information for those tested", as well as " The identity and contact information of health professionals supporting them, the characteristics and results of the test performed ", but do not contain" no other medical data ".

In total, "the flooded files concern about 1.4 million people, almost exclusively for tests made mid-2020 in Ile-de-France", specifies the AP-HP, ensuring that the persons concerned "will be informed individually in the next days ".

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The institution recognizes that "theft could be linked to a recent digital tool security cleavery" that it uses for file sharing, of which "Access were immediately cut pending the end of the investigations". The latter "are continuing to determine the origin and procedure of this attack".

The Ministry of Health has indicated to AFP also "decided to file a complaint", so "that all the light is done on this flight, its consequences, and that all the necessary measures are taken for such a event does not happen again ".

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