The attackers suspect that 6700 people have been affected by the cyber attack on Macquarie Health Corporation

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The attackers suspect that 6700 people have been affected by the cyber attack on Macquarie Health Corporation

Hackers have bragged about leaking highly sensitive documents containing patients’ private information that were stolen from a Sydney-based healthcare firm.

NCA NewsWire has been told medical and legal documents containing highly personal information were posted to the dark web after the hack.

Macquarie Health Corporation, which operates 12 private hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne, first revealed the hack had occurred on Thursday and published an update on Monday.

It’s understood one such multi-page document details the medical history, name and birth date of a NSW woman.

Story Highlights

  • Hackers have bragged about posting highly sensitive files to the dark web after an Aussie healthcare firm was hit, potentially affecting thousands of people.

  • Macquarie Health Corporation confirmed on Monday many of its systems remained offline after the private company was hit by cybercriminals.

“Macquarie Health Corporation (MHC) is still experiencing significant impacts related to the cyber incident,” the update read.

“Thank you to our staff for their hard work continuing to deliver patient-centred care with many of our systems remaining offline.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this disruption may cause and thank our staff, patients and clinicians for their patience during this situation.” The hackers claimed in a post on a dark website that they’d stolen personal data belonging to more than 6700 people.

“Medical data of patients … financial documents, bank balances, tax deductions,” began a long list of documents the hackers claimed to have gained access to. The criminals also claimed to have gained access to “more than 1000” passwords, including for services such as PayPal, Amazon and Facebook.

The hackers claimed to have accessed more than 119,000 files totalling 225 gigabytes.