Hacktivist group Anonymous has threatened Turkey with heavy cyberattacks on numerous occasions
A hacker affiliated with the Anonymous collective has claimed to have compromised sensitive hospital data belonging to "more than 10 million" Turkish citizens in retaliation for recent ransomware attacks against healthcare facilities in the US.
At the time, these were touted to be the work of Turkish hackers – however this assertion was never backed up with solid proof.
According to news website Vocativ, which is in the process of analysing the trove of stolen files, the dataset contains a significant amount of patient information – including HIV status and abortion histories.
In a statement provided to the Hurriyet Daily News, the health ministry confirmed a total of 33 hospitals were impacted by a cyberattack and admitted the incident brought operations on computer systems to "a complete halt."
An 'Anonymous' twitter account linked directly to the data dump
Hospital staff tried to reload backed-up data, but the hacking group allegedly prevented this by pre-emptively blocking restoring, the statement added.
Security writer 'Dissent Doe', who collates news about leaks and hacks on databreaches.net slammed the "morally bankrupt" actions of the person responsible.