PhilHealth Faces Another Data Leak Incident


This time, it’s not hackers! Glitches on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) website were attributed to bugs or coding errors.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Jeffrey Ian Dy, assured the public that the website is now back to normal after fixing the identified bugs in its construction.

Dy emphasized that the issues were related to errors in the website’s development and were not caused by external cyber attacks.

This incident follows a Medusa ransomware attack on the PhilHealth website in September last year, where cyber hackers attempted to extort $300,000 from the organization.

The recent situation, however, was a result of internal coding issues.

Previously, DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy revealed that the Medusa ransomware attackers had successfully obtained approximately 600 gigabytes of data from the PhilHealth website during the cyber attack. The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is actively investigating the incident.

But do not worry as the bugs causing the recent glitches have been rectified, bringing the PhilHealth website back to its normal functioning state.

via PhilStar