Rise in ‘ransomware’ attacks on pharmacies

Pharmacists are being urged to discuss IT security options by the Pharmacy Board of Australia, following a series of incidents where pharmacy computers were encrypted by hackers.

Stephen Marty, Board chair, warned that pharmacists were obliged to ensure “that records are held securely and are not subject to unauthorised access, regardless of whether they are held electronically and/or in hard copy”, under the Code of conduct for registered health practitioners.

Writing in the Board’s latest communique, Mr Marty highlighted the growing threat