Doctor imposters can use AHPRA to kill off anybody

POROUS online security processes mean anyone can impersonate a doctor and declare someone dead, an IT expert warns.

New computerised systems for births and deaths are replacing traditional paper forms that require sign-off from a doctor and a funeral director.

The problem, says Chris Rock, of Melbourne-based IT security firm Kustodian, is that the new systems often don't require log-ins.

They typically need simple information readily available on the online AHPRA register, such as name, registration number and practising address.

"I could kill anyone in any