Hack leaves fertility clinic’s data exposed

10 December 2021

Data from a private fertility clinic was put at risk following a ransomware attack on a document management firm. The Lister Fertility Clinic said the firm, which it used for scanning medical records, had been “hacked” by a “cyber-gang”, in a letter sent to about 1,700 patients. Stor-a-file Limited said in total 13 organisations had been affected, of which six are healthcare-related. It said “medical information having been accessed cannot be ruled out” and that it had informed the police and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The clinic said its medical records included consent forms, medical history and test results, recommendations for treatment, as well as fertility treatment records. They did not include credit or debit card details.