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They told their therapists everything. Hackers leaked it all.

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  1. protium
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    With how pretty much everything in the world is becoming digitized, it's hard to imagine this becoming a one off instance. I find that the levels of trust you need to engage in these systems is...

    With how pretty much everything in the world is becoming digitized, it's hard to imagine this becoming a one off instance. I find that the levels of trust you need to engage in these systems is ever increasing, especially with the rise in popularity of teletherapy. Fortunately this instance doesn't seem to have as much of an impact as say the Ashley-Madison data breach, but still to be involved in something like this must be terrifying.

    With that being said, how is encryption not bog standard for these kinds of databases? I can't imagine the time constraints could really justify a lack of security, so to me it just comes off as negligence.

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  2. mrbig
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    Ideally, this kind of thing shouldn't be online at all. At the most, it should be in the therapist's personal cloud service, not on a central server, and ideally encrypted. The harm in having this...

    Ideally, this kind of thing shouldn't be online at all.

    At the most, it should be in the therapist's personal cloud service, not on a central server, and ideally encrypted.

    The harm in having this kind of data compromised outweighs the benefits of digitalization in my view.

    All my therapists took notes on paper.

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  3. HoolaBoola
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    I knew from the title it was going to be about the Finnish scandal Truly such a horrible thing, none of my friends had been sent those threats (that I know of), but a ton of people had. Yes,...

    I knew from the title it was going to be about the Finnish scandal

    Truly such a horrible thing, none of my friends had been sent those threats (that I know of), but a ton of people had.

    In emails to Kärkkäinen, the hacker scorned Vastaamo: A company with security practices that weak was the real criminal, he recalls them writing.

    Yes, Vastaamo's security practices were criminally weak, but the real criminal is the one threatening to broadcast people's private thoughts to everyone.

    Though they do have a point - Vastaamo's vulnerabilities, I believe, were actually well known quite a while before. Not really surprising how weak it was, given Tapio seems to have programmed much of the project himself.

    I truly hope this is the beginning of a new era for cybersecurity, privacy&security standards and enforcement over the standards. Sadly I'm not too optimistic

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