Hackers are coming for your health data


In this edition: Hackers have stolen the personal data of around 1.4 million people who took Covid-19 tests in the Paris region in mid-2020. It's the latest in a growing number of cyber attacks on French health institutions. So how secure is our data? We take a closer look.


The theft occurred this summer but was only made public a few days ago. Hackers have stolen the personal data of around 1.4 million people. The illegally-acquired data includes the names, social security numbers, contact information and results of those tested for Covid-19 in mid-2020 in the Paris region. This comes less than a month after a flaw on a site that transmits tests results from pharmacies to the government leaked the personal data of 700,000 people online.

The number of breaches on medical infrastructure is on the rise amid the Covid-19 pandemic, shedding light on obsolete IT infrastructure but also on how precious health data is. We ask Bernard Benhamou, Secretary General of the Institute of Digital Sovereignty, why hackers are after personal health data and what can they get out of it. 

Also in this edition, the fantasy soccer platform Sorare has secured the largest investment in the history of French tech by tapping into the non-fungible token rush. It has incorporated NFTs into its game, attracting €580 million from SoftBank, the world's biggest tech investor.

Our tech editor Peter O'Brien tells us more this digital asset that can be anything from an animation to a still picture or even words. 

And in Test 24, we take a look at a rowing machine by NordicTrack which transports you across the world to far-flung rivers and lakes, thanks to the guided video lessons on its big screen.

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