Vigilance crucial to keep patient records safe from cyber-criminals

The hackers were able to access and encrypt patient records at the Miami Family Medical Centre on the Gold Coast and demanded a $4000 ransom in order to return the practice's access to the files.

RACGP president Dr Liz Marles said the case – the latest in a number of similar attacks which have left practices relying on paper records – highlighted the need for practices to apply risk management of their systems and security requirements to ensure every potential avenue for breaches was secure.

“Even large multinational corporations and governments