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Australian patient data vulnerable to cyber attacks, audit finds

Victoria’s auditor general Andrew Greaves and his office were able to hack into some of the state’s biggest health databases. They used basic hacking tools to access patient data at five different organisations – Barwon Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, as well as the department’s Digital Health and Health Technology Solutions – to demonstrate what Greaves described in a report as a “a significant and present risk” to Australian citizens’ patient data.