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Russian Hackers Dumps NHS records on the dark web

By J.Austine March 22, 2022, 7:19 p.m.

Russian hackers have yet again done what they know how to do best. They hacked into the system of a data storage company and leaked highly sensitive medical information. These includes details of abortions, HIV tests and mental health issues among others.

Russian Hackers Dumps NHS records on the dark web

The hackers successfully penetrated into the computer systems of Stor-A-File, a British data storage company. Some of the company's clients include GP practices, NHS hospital trusts, local councils, law firms and accountants.
The gang reportedly asked for a £3 million ransom in Bitcoin Cryptocurrency, but Stor-A-file refused. They therefore ended up dumping thousands of files containing sensitive information in the dark.

Leaked information

The documents dumped on the dark web contains details of British women who have had abortions. The women had their abortions at clinics run by Marie Stopes and British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). These include names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers and even scans of foetuses.

Other leaked information involve those suffering with anorexia, addiction and erectile dysfunction. It is understood the NHS records come from GP practices and no NHS trusts lost data in the attack.

The gang behind the incident is known as Clop or Fancycat. They claim the stolen files also contain the names of British military personnel in Kuwait. Furthermore, they also claim that the stolen information also contains details of people who work in military intelligence, although this could not be verified.

When commenting on the matter, Philip Ingram, a former colonel in British military intelligence, said: ‘Private medical data, including deeply personal information relating to women’s abortions records, is the most shocking and awful breach you could imagine.
'It shows again that these hacking gangs really don’t care who they hurt.’
Stor-A-File was established in 1977 by Simon Cockbill and his wife Helen.  They have a staff of 90 IT personnel.

Stor-A-File Discovers The Attack

According to insiders, the firm discovered the attack on September 2. Staff were unable to log into the computers and could only find messages on the screens asking for ransom. The messages further said that if the firm could not pay a ransom of $4 million in Bitcoin, the data would be released.

A Stor-A-File spokesman said: ‘We believe it is irresponsible to deal with criminals and will only serve to perpetuate this kind of activity. Police advised not to, under any circumstances.’
The spokesman also added: ‘Our clients were informed once it had been established any of their data may have been compromised.

‘The National Crime Agency has been offering support and advice to some of those affected by this incident. We deeply regret any concern that may have been caused.’
Further, police believe Clop has also laundered more than £370 million of criminal money.

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