Daily cyber threats and internet security news: network security, online safety and latest security alerts
April 8th, 2008

Royal Perth Patients Details Found On Dumped Computers

Confidential patient details are being left on old computers dumped in an open skip bin in a busy laneway at Royal Perth Hospital. Personal information, including patient names and addresses, dates of birth, medical conditions and patient numbers, was accessed with ease by The Sunday Times this week. Sources say up to 500 computers have been dumped in the bin, pending collection, since November. The computers had also been sent to auction yards in the past without their hard drives wiped clean. About six weeks ago a man was seen stuffing computer parts into a bag before taking off on a motor cycle.

The hospital yesterday denied this, saying the computer hard drives were cleaned and the computers were collected every day by contractors to be crushed.

Workers at a second-hand computer business said they had received computers from RPH in the past. They said it was the previous user’s responsibility to clean information off hard drives.

It is unclear how many of the computers contained confidential records.

A hospital spokeswoman said RPH had a contract with a scrap metal company that crushed all hospital computers to ensure all data was destroyed.

WA Police are investigating claims by The Sunday Times that the newspaper was able to access private details of hospital patients from old computers found dumped outside a hospital.

Share this item with others:

More on CyberInsecure:
  • Private Canadian Children’s Ministry Papers Dumped In Trash, Contain Names, Addresses, Birth Dates
  • Three London Hospitals Networks Shutting Down After Virus Infection
  • HSBC Banking Group Lost 370,000 Customers Details
  • Backup Tape With Private Details Stolen From Greensboro Gynecology Associates
  • University Of California At San Francisco Patients Records Exposed

  • If you found this information useful, consider linking to it from your own website.
    Just copy and paste the code below into your website (Ctrl+C to copy)
    It will look like this: Royal Perth Patients Details Found On Dumped Computers

    Leave a Reply

    Comments with unsolicited links to other resources will be marked as spam. DO NOT leave links in comments. Please leave your real email, it wont be published.

    To prove you’re a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.