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The GCSB is on the case?

I would think they would be for the Ministry of Health, following this news:

Websites under Brazil’s Ministry of Health (MoH) have suffered a major ransomware attack that resulted in the unavailability of COVID-19 vaccination data of millions of citizens.

Following that attack that took place at around 1 am today, all of MoH’s websites including ConecteSUS, which tracks the trajectory of citizens in the public healthcare system, became unavailable. This includes the COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate, which is available via the ConecteSUS app.

Especially since the Waikato DHB was hit with a similar cyberattack some months ago which is still causing ongoing problems, according to people I know in that system.

I had to chuckle at the Twitter site, ZeitgeistNZ, carrying this news, because it turns out to be a New Zealander and I first saw it on the huge Instapundit blog, which undoubtedly will have delivered huge numbers of visitors to ZitgeistNZ.

It’s amazing how often the people running these systems find out that their backups are not as good as they thought they were, since such things should mean attacks like this are a mere inconvenience to the owner of the system, although having personal information being published by the hackers is a problem for both parties.

MIND BOGGLING INCOMPETENCE … OR WORSE

The revelation here at https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/125180968 that the Government abandoned moves to protect the Waikato DHB (and others) from cyber attacks citing budget constraints. The result … Waikato Hospital paralysed.

And further that key parts of the Government’s cybersecurity strategy have not been implemented two years after the strategy document was published. Promised actions included an action plan and an annual report. The minister responsible for the cybersecurity strategy, ​Kris Faafoi, left the role in November last year. His successor, ​David Clark, admits no annual cybersecurity report from the 2019 strategy document was ever produced. However, he promises a report will be produced for the 2022 financial year.

Promises by Clark, who resigned his Health portfolio, hardly engender confidence.

What a cock-up. New Zealand, the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

May 30, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Posted in Healthcare, NZ Labour Party

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