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Finland Therapy Center Hacked, Patients Blackmailed

A hacker or hacking group has stolen data from the Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo in Finland and has blackmailed its patients by threatening to release private info if a ransom is not paid.

A hacker or hacking group has stolen data from the Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo in Finland and has blackmailed its patients by threatening to release private info if a ransom is not paid. 

Finnish Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo said that authorities would provide help to those affected by the security breach and said that the attack“shocking and very serious.”

Ohisalo said that the National Supervisory Authority for Health and Welfare (Valvira) has asked Vastaamo to give a report on how it responded to the breach. 

Vastaamo said that the first attack probably occurred around November 2018  until March 2019. 

According to Vaastmo,  the attacker or attackers had published at least 300 patient records containing names and contact information on the dark web using the anonymous Tor communication software. 

The national security agency KRP said last week that the attack is being investigated as aggravated computer break-in and aggravated dissemination of information violating personal privacy.

According to the demands that were also posted online, the malicious actor/actors will publish the details of 100 people every day until a ransom of 450,000 euros has been paid.

Finnish police admitted that it is not clear at this point whether the hackers who originally got hold of the data are the same parties as the one demanding money from the patients. 

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