Hacking scandal shakes Finland – patients pressured for money – NRK...

Hacking scandal shakes Finland – patients pressured for money – NRK...
Hacking scandal shakes Finland – patients pressured for money – NRK...

On Sunday, the government is in an emergency meeting, reports NTB.

“This is an extremely serious data breach,” Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo told Yle.

Information from patients at the company Vastaamo is now spread on the so-called dark web. According to Finnish media, around 300 patient records will be lost.

Vastaamoo is a center for psychotherapy, which has clinics in 20 different places in Finland.

The computer system there is said to have been hacked in 2018 and 2019, and several patients have now received e-mails where they are being pressured for money, among them the parliamentarian Eeva-Johanna Eloranta.

She has been demanded to pay 500 euros in bitcoin after confidential information was spread online.

– We must act quickly

The scandal is now being raised at the highest level when the government holds an emergency meeting, and Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo writes on Twitter that the victims need “urgent help and support”.

Ohisalo tells Finnish Yle that the government takes the data breach at Vastaamo very seriously.

– We have already had discussions with key ministers, but we must still review what measures are necessary.

– We must act quickly because the criminals exploit society and people in constantly new ways.

Finnish police inform the news agency STT that they have so far received over 200 reports from people who suspect that their patient information has gone astray.

– You should not agree to the requirements in these blackmail reports, says Marko Leponen, the head of the Finnish criminal police.

Threat messages

On Saturday night, the police’s electronic service for reviews was congested because a number of patients reported the blackmail.

The blackmailer is said to have pressured the company’s management for 40 bitcoins, equivalent to almost 5 million kroner, for not publishing the patient records on the dark web.

The blackmailer is said to have threatened to publish 100 journals on the dark web per day.

The claim was rejected, thus the leaks began. After this, threatening messages began to appear to each individual patient.

– Now we have to arrange crisis help for the victims, Ohisalo says.

– None of them can be alone with this.

In Norway, the Storting was recently subjected to a comprehensive IT attack. The government then believed that Russia was behind the computer attack.

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