Incident: Monash IVF patients receive bogus emails after ‘malicious cyber attack’ on fertility company | ABC News (Australia)
Australian Information Security Incident Reported: November 06 2019
Australian Medical Data Breach and Cyber Fraud November 2019: Australian medical group Monash IVF patients receive bogus emails after ‘malicious cyber attack’ on fertility company
A national fertility business attached to clinics in six Australian states and territories has admitted its email system has been subjected to a “malicious cyber attack”.
Monash IVF Group chief executive Michael Knaap confirmed the company’s email system had been targeted, and said a team of forensic IT experts was working to determine how and why the server had been breached.
Patients of fertility clinics throughout Australia have received emails that appear to be from the company, but are instead from scammers. The company says it is working with affected patients, but one woman has told the ABC she is yet to hear from the company. The company holds highly sensitive personal data, including her address, date of birth and medical history.
Monash IVF is attached to fertility clinics in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.