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Nearly half of France's citizens have had their data exposed in a security breach at two healthcare payment servicers, leading to the theft of data belonging to more than 33 million customers. The breach is believed to be the largest in France's history.
"This is the first time that there has been a violation of this magnitude [in France]," Yann Padova, digital data protection lawyer and former secretary general of the CNIL told French radio network Franceinfo.
The compromised data includes personal information such as dates of birth, marital status, social security numbers, and insurance information. No banking info, medical data, or contact information was compromised. The breach is believed to have occurred through a phishing attack targeting healthcare professionals.
Viamedis was reportedly compromised through a phishing attack that targeted healthcare professionals, and used credentials stolen from such professionals to gain access to its systems.