back to article Techie finds 1.5 million US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

The private health records and contact information for as many as 1.5 million Americans have been found out in the open on Amazon's cloud services. It has been claimed that the names, addresses, and phone numbers, along with biological health information including existing illnesses and current medications, were posted in the …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    No problem

    Blame N Korea for the breach and arrest the guy that found it for super-secret-cyber-terrorism

  2. raving angry loony

    CYA time.

    quote "initial reviews indicate Vickery is the only unauthorised user to have accessed the files."

    I'd suggest Vickery get a good lawyer, he'll be first up against the scapegoat wall when the time comes for the corporation(s) responsible to cover their arses.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: CYA time.

      He probably has a good attorney as he's working with the state's Attorney General on the investigation and also on wiping all info off his computer. In the long run as far as people's data that was there, I hope he is the first one and not some miscreant who's already flogging the details.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Remember, this is REQUIRED.

    Sorry, guv, I'll buy bloody health insurance when, and only when, I can trust that my data will be accessible only to me and my doctor. That day is not today, and tomorrow ain't looking good either.

    1. Richard 12 Silver badge

      Re: Remember, this is REQUIRED.

      And as you're USian, that means that you will lose everything you own and go bankrupt should you, or anyone you care about get sick or be seriously injured.

      That's what the health care reforms were intended to prevent.

      Insurance is for losses you can't afford - and USians can't afford illness.

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Remember, this is REQUIRED.

      So you're valuing your data more highly than your health. Good luck with that.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Remember, this is REQUIRED.

        Not health. Health Insurance. Third-rate crap, at that. You can easily go bankrupt even if you have it.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All your history of Embarrassing Venereal Diseases

    ... are now belong to Google (and the TLAs).

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is exactley

    what will happen if the NHS Care Data clusterfuck is allowed to bear fruit...

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wonder what their definition of "user" is?

    Vickery was the only unauthorised user eh?

    I'd be interested in knowing their definition of "user", as I wouldn't put it past them to automatically discount web crawlers and other automated processes. If any of *those* accessed the data, that'll add nicely to the Ashley Madison data set. :( (could be some interesting cross references there :D)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stupid article title

    Really, "amazon medical gaffe" ?

    I don't understand how the name of the hosting provider is relevant to the article, it's just plain confusing. If I upload your personal records to Amazon's servers, will you really blame amazon? :)

  8. zen1
    Flame

    I have to ask

    What kind of IDIOT maintains a database like that that isn't encrypted? Did IQ's drop again? This is yet another reason that I believe the executive management of companies (public or private) should be personally held financially responsible and also be charged both criminally and civilly.

  9. JLV
    Black Helicopters

    Details needed

    Are they saying the s3 entries were those of a cracker, storing his loot? Or were they somehow uploaded by one of the health companies or their providers?

    Shouldn't it be easy to see under whose AWS account the S3 bucket was created? After all, Amazon will be billing someone for it.

  10. MarkMak

    Too convenient

    Isn't about time we wise up, and admit that this "mistake" by health insurer's employees, and countless other breaches of healthcare information, benefit health insurers more than anyone. Poor health insurers . . . now that they have "accidentally" shared our medical data between all other fellow health insurers, they can't help but know exactly what to exclude from all the new policies, or which of us they should refuse to insure . . all that extra profit . . . sort of takes all the sport and fun out of being an insurance company.

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