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New Zealand's healthcare system hackers release patient information



(Reuters) – Hackers targeting hospitals in New Zealand's Waikato district have released what appears to be private patient information to the media as healthcare systems struggled to get back online more than a week after the attack.

A group claiming responsibility for the Waikato District Health Board's cyberattack that took place last week released lots of official looks and documents containing the names, telephone numbers and addresses of patients and staff, Radio New Zealand and other local media reported.

Media outlets decided not to report the details and referred the email to the police.

The disruption of Waikato's healthcare systems continues, disrupting patients' treatment and staffing processes. Hospitals have now switched to manual processes to support a lag of patients while the public was asked to look for alternative treatment methods for non-critical conditions.

The authorities would not comment on whether the cyber-attackers had made any demands.

"We are aware that harmful actors can see what is being said in the media and that this may affect their behavior. On that basis, we can not comment on this further," said Waikato DHB CEO Kevin Snee in a statement [1

9659002] The government has refused to pay any ransom to the hackers.

Waikato DHB cares for a population of more than 425,000 people.


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