- Get in touch with Gardaí if contacted with your personal medical information.
- Garda Confidential Line is 1800 666 111 or contact your local garda station.
Labour representative Senator Wall has urged the public to ensure they stay vigilant after the HSE cyber-attack, and to contact Gardaí if contacted with your personal medical information.
An Garda Síochána have provided clear advice on what to do and how to deal with any attempted fraud.
Senator Wall said:
“The appalling attack on our health services by hackers and the possible leaking of personal medical data on the dark web is an unprecedented development, and while we don’t know if information will be released, it is important that people know what to do if they are contacted with their personal information.
“Releasing someone patient data is a really despicable crime and I hope the hackers don’t resort to such a horrible act, but we must also be prepared.
“The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau is investigating the cyber-attack, but if you are contacted with your data the key things that Gardaí advise is do not engage with the caller, and do not click on any links in emails or text messages, and to screenshot any communications.
The advice from Gardaí is clear: ‘if you are contacted by persons stating that they have your personal details and/or looking for bank account details you should not engage or provide any personal information. If this does happen, we are encouraging people to report suspected breaches of personal data which will be examined by specialist investigators. Such reports will be handled in a sensitive manner.’
“I welcome that the government have taken on board the call from Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly to ensure there is clear advice and supports such as a dedicated phone line in place for people if they are contacted with their data.”
Further crime prevention and cyber safety advice is available from the Gardaí here:
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