District Health Board's website hacked

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 21:23 23/05/2013

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After a string of bad luck with computers, Waikato District Health Board has fallen victim to a hacker yet again.

The Waikato DHB website currently displays a message stating the site has been hacked by DZ4HACK.

The hacking follows a bad couple of years for the DHB which kicked off when a USB data stick played havoc on computer systems in 2009.

The stick, which was inserted into a computer at a Waikato Hospital booth, disabled the entire Waikato health board computer network.

The Conficker virus attack brought to a standstill the DHB's 3000-strong computer network across the Waikato for at least three days, causing mayhem for 5800 staff and their patients.

Then in 2011, the DHB's cyber security came under scrutiny when hundreds of online job applications were lost in a hacking attack.

Waikato DHB Spokesperson Kathryn Jenkin said the hackers had only attacked the landing page of the website and that page had now been taken down by administrators. 

Jenkin said the hack had not compromised the safety of confidential patient information as the website was hosted by an off-site company.

"Nothing has been compromised, the hospital is safe," she said.

Jenkin said the DHB has improved security measures since the 2011 attack and will be reviewing their cyber-security as soon as information about this attack was available.

A screenshot of the website has popped up on Reddit, with one user stating "Takes a special kind of person to want to take out a public health service website."

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