As a part of the recently-revealed data security attack, personal data of several hundred NHS employees who work with X-rays has been leaked. The following types of medical staff data has been leaked:
– Dates of birth
– National insurance numbers
– Radiation doses
When hackers raided the system of Landauer, an IT company, the data was copied. However, according to the health boards across UK, patients were not affected.
Andrea Hague, Velindre Cancer Services director, said that 530 NHS Trust staff members were affected. According to her, the incident happened during October of last year, but the Trust received a notification on January 17th 2017.
She went on to explain that they are still discussing the reasons behind the delay with the host company. Finally, she marked the whole incident as “deeply disappointing”, even though the breach took place outside of Velindre’s own managed systems.
To make matters worse, 654 staff members of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had their personal data stolen. The same goes for certain people who are working for private dentists and vets across England and Scotland.
A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr explained that all affected individuals have already been contacted, and that Landauer has taken appropriate measures to secure their servers and ensure that no further information can be compromised.
For the next 24 months, all of the affected staff members have also received free credit monitoring services from Experian, a credit monitoring agency.