Made me order a Flipper Zero
Now that was advertising that worked.
Nearly half the citizens of France have had their data exposed in a massive security breach at two third-party healthcare payment servicers, the French data privacy watchdog disclosed last week. Payments outfits Viamedis and Almerys both experienced breaches of their systems in late January, the National Commission on …
There is a write up over on Ars Technica but it appears to be a lower cost protocol analyser for various RF tech.
Stated to be useless for stealing cars but one of Trudeau's (francophone?) ministers had his official car stolen three times which apparently really got on his tits (《courir sur son haricot》ou 《faire chier》)* which led to this ban.
* Translation into québécois left to the interested reader. :)
Don't worry. I'm sure that spammers will be overjoyed to lend a helping hand, along with compromised emails, fake health portals and malware galore. They must be having a DefCon 1 moment right now.
Some people are going to have loads of fun this year, apparently . . .
.... plus I suspect the French government will try and use this to persuade people that somehow moving the health data into the cloud is a "safe" option.
I hope even the French will be able to see through that!!
In one corner - put it all online, it's safe.
In the other corner - all the stuff online just got swiped.
Gonna have to be some massive spin control to convince anybody that having stuff in a cloud is in any way safe.
In my experience the French government would usually take an alternative option and pass a law...that many will just ignore. Comme d'hab.
> I suspect the French government will try and use this to persuade people that somehow moving the health data into the cloud is a "safe" option.
This breach concerns insurance, not health data. France has no centralised store of health data; it's up to you keep your own. It's a double-edged sword, of course. Privacy issues are non-existent, but you have to bring your own records (X-rays and the like) with you for each consultation.
Not being a native hypochondriac I make vanishingly little use of the healthcare system, but so far as I can tell Ameli also concerns insurance. There is a record of your reimbursements, but I don't think that counts as health data.
I guess it says something that I discover a massive data breach of info on Frenchies here rather than, say, someplace like https://www.ouest-france.fr/.
My insurer, chosen by the company I work for, is Versperien, who may or may not be Axa these days, and may or may not be connected to the ones that got breached. I won't hold out any hope of a prompt notification if this does concern me.
Yep, mass dématérialisation, that's Jello Biafra's efficiency and progress, ours once more for you. A step up from Johnny Rotten's pretty vacant past, where there was no point in asking the gov and post office workers for anything as, while they were in it, they didn't decide. Pffffrrrtttt, none of these past 40 years is going to be missed, olfactively, thanks to all-azimuth techno-fumble enshitification(*) (gas masks for everyone!)!
(*)encrottification? Keep your compostable trash in the attic!
The car thieves use retransmission gadgets to widen the range of a key fob inside a house. Wrapping it in a metallic container like a biscuit tin helps a lot.
But there are also the CAN-bus hackers that take off a headlight to access the car electronics and unlock the car and start the engine.
The statistics are grim. About half of 45,000 cars stolen in 2023 in Ontario and Quebec were never recovered. Only about 1700 were intercepted at the ports of Montreal and Halifax.
There is a CBC TV report where they tour the used-car lots of Accra, find a stolen car complete with Canadian registration, phone up the owner back in Canada and tell him what he left behind in the glove box. Funny and sad at the same time.