Cyber ​​breach impacts family violence, sex assault data

Family violence data collected over two decades by one of Victoria’s largest health services has been caught up in a data breach.

Monash Health on Friday confirmed its involvement in a breach at external company ZircoDATA, which the health service used to scan archived historical documents.

The breach involved information from family violence and sexual assault support units at Monash Medical Centre, the Queen Victoria Hospital and Southern Health from 1970 to 1993, the health service’s chief executive Eugine Yafele said.

Mr Yafele said Monash Health was “recently informed” its data had been exposed but he did not reveal details about what type of information had been affected.

Monash Health’s own systems have not been impacted, I have confirmed.

“We are deeply disappointed to be in this position and understand the distress this may cause any impacted clients,” Mr Yafele said in a statement.

“We take any matter involving cybersecurity extremely seriously.

“Our team is working tirelessly and diligently to verify those who are impacted and understand what data was compromised.”

Anyone who believes they may have been affected is asked to visit Monash Health’s website to register for updates or call its cyber breach support line.

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