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What happens if the HSE cyberattack data is leaked? — Scam Guards

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Data stolen from the HSE cyberattack could be leaked online from today (24 May). Here’s what you need to know about the situation.

The Irish Government has said there is a “real risk” that patient data stolen from the recent cyberattack on the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) will be abused by cybercriminals.

The attack, which emerged more than a week ago, involved malware known as Conti. This is known as ‘double-extortion’ ransomware, meaning that as well as holding access to systems to ransom, the malware might also steal information stored on the system. Hackers can then threaten to release this information online if a payment is not made.

The Government said work to identify the extent of any data taken is ongoing. “The theft and disclosure of medical data would be a particularly despicable crime because it involves sensitive, personal information. Any public release of this data would be…

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