- Cybersecurity experts say Australians’ health data remained a key target for hackers.
- Online health database My Health Record remains vulnerable, experts say.
- Australia should consider strengthening data protection for consumers, one expert said.
And it’s raised concerns about another cache of health data: My Health Record.
Are there concerns about a My Health Record hack?
“At one stage in the debate on the early iteration of the My Health Record, the estimates were in the range of 700,000 to 1.1 million Australians with potential access to the My Health Record.”
What would happen in the event of a hack?
She said the July 2018 attack on Singapore’s largest healthcare group, SingHealth, demonstrates the end goal and tactics of hackers seeking sensitive health data.
“Imagine if you knew (and it wasn’t known to the public) that a prime minister had a terminal disease and wasn’t going to probably live more than two or three years … that would be incredibly valuable information to other nation states leaders, but also potentially to markets or companies that might be making decisions about investments.”