A suspect was arrested on Wednesday after the theft of data concerning around 1.4 million people who had tested for Covid positivity in Ile-de-France.
“Madam, Sir, You have performed a Covid-19 screening test, the report of which has been validated [à telle date]. We are writing to you today to inform you that […] we have received confirmation of a personal data breach concerning you. Please know that we are very sorry for this and we apologize for it. ”
Like many French people, you may have received this astonishing email from the Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) in September, in which the institution explained that it had been “Victim of a computer attack” during summer. In total, nearly 1.4 million people have had their health data stolen. This Friday, the investigation into this piracy jumped. A man was indeed arrested, we learned from a police source.
The suspect was arrested on Wednesday by investigators from the Cybercrime Brigade (BL2C) of the Paris judicial police, the same source said, confirming information from Sunday newspaper.
Data from tests carried out in mid-2020
The AP-HP had revealed in mid-September the theft of these data of people who had carried out “Almost exclusively” a Covid-19 screening test in Ile-de-France in mid-2020. It is not the national file of screening tests (SI-DEP) which had been hacked according to the AP-HP, but “A secure file sharing service”. It was used “Very occasionally in September 2020” to send information to the Health Insurance and regional health agencies (ARS) “Useful to contact tracing».
The stolen data included “The identity, social security number and contact details of the people tested”, as well as “The identity and contact details of the healthcare professionals taking charge of them, the characteristics and the result of the test carried out”, but did not contain “No other medical data”.
The AP-HP had lodged a complaint with the Paris prosecutor, and the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (Cnil) had opened an investigation.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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