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Leak of medical data of Poles. ALAB did not want to negotiate with hackers

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The ALAB laboratory network, which deals in particular with research: blood samples, which are collected in most private medical networks in Poland, became the victim of a hacker attack.

The medical data of up to 50,000 Poles can be accessed online. This is the result of a hacker attack on one of the largest nationwide networks of medical laboratories, ALAB. This is the company that carries out this type of activity for most private medical networks.

Medical data of Poles on the Internet

The ALAB network was the victim of an attack by the hacker group RA World, which carried out an extortion attack, that is, it penetrated computers containing sensitive data, then encrypted it, and then demanded a ransom for decrypting it. However, ALAB did not attempt to negotiate with the criminals, resulting in the data of up to 50,000 people being exposed on the Internet.

According to hackers, this is only a small part of the intercepted data. Sharing them meant showing the company that the criminals weren’t bluffing.

Test results, personal data and PESEL number

As part of the leak caused by hackers, confidential data such as names, surnames, PESEL numbers, as well as the results of research conducted at that time, appeared on the Internet. So, the problem is that the leak affects not only “standard” data that in such cases ends up on the Internet, but also very intimate information about health.

According to hackers, this is just a test leak, and the real one could be much larger. According to the portal Zaufana Trzecia Strona, the criminals allegedly intercepted as much as 5 GB of medical data, as well as 1 GB of contracts concluded by ALAB. These must be documents from 2017-2023.

Criminals demand ransom

Moreover, the hackers claim that if ALAB still does not cooperate and does not pay the required ransom, 246 gigabytes of PDF and XML files containing the names, surnames and PESEL numbers of patients will be available on the Internet on December 31st.

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