US cyber crime sparks concern for PCEHR

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay from Queensland’s Fraud and Corporate Crime Group has told MO that doctors in Australia are unprepared for cyber attacks on their business computer files.

His comments follow a series of attacks on Australian medical centre business file servers in recent weeks in which hackers blocked access to patients’ data and demanded $1000 ransoms.

“Over 21 million medical files have allegedly been stolen since 2009 in America. It’s been reported that a medical file can sell for $50. It’s already a US$10.5 billion dollar industry.