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COVID-19 test lab accused of exposing 1.3 million patient records to open internet

A password-less database containing an estimated 1.3 million sets of Dutch COVID-19 testing records was left exposed to the open internet, and it’s not clear if anyone is taking responsibility.

Among the information revealed in the publicly accessible and seemingly insecurely configured database were 118,441 coronavirus test certificates, 506,663 appointment records, 660,173 testing samples and “a small number” of internal files.

A bevy of personally identifiable information was included in the records – including patient names, dates of birth, passport numbers, email addresses, and other information.

“Any potential exposure involving COVID test data combined with PII could potentially compromise the personal and medical privacy of the individuals listed in the documents.”

Without more information from Microbe & Lab or CoronaLab itself, it’s impossible to know how long the database was actually exposed online.

Because no-one at the organization whose records were exposed can be reached, it’s also not clear if customers or patients are aware that their data was exposed online.

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