An information security expert says patient data stolen from Waikato DHB may be sold online to people trying to take out loans as well as other forms of identity theft.
Information taken from the health board and this week posted on the dark web includes patients’ records and personally identifiable information such as addresses and copies of passports.
Aura Information Security general manager Peter Bailey said there are marketplaces on the dark web for this kind of information for criminals to use for fraudulent reasons.
Aura saw a lot of this type of theft, especially of sensitive data from hospitals and banks, and the subsequent attempt to resell this data on dark web marketplaces.
“Personally identifiable information where you’ve got names and addresses and some banking information – they go for anywhere between $6 and $10 per item, whereas a scanned passport could go…