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Brazil | An error exposed data from Jair Bolsonaro and another 16 million patients with COVID-19

A worker at a prestigious private hospital in Sao Paulo mistakenly exposed the data of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Y of another 16 million people that they were suspected or confirmed cases of the COVID-19, as revealed this Thursday by the newspaper ‘O Estado de Sao Paulo’.

The personal and health information of those affected were available to the public for almost a month after a collaborator hired by the Albert Einstein Hospital published a list of users and passwords to access the systems of the Ministry of Health on a platform.

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This led to the exposure of the data from millions of patients from the 27 Brazilian states, including those of Jair Bolsonaro, who contracted the coronavirus last July and overcame it at the end of that month, and some of his relatives.

Also those of seven government ministers and seventeen regional governors, in addition to the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, and the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre, who also suffered from the disease.

The ruling allowed addresses, telephone numbers and previous ailments of those 16 million people, whose information was contained in two data banks of the Ministry of Health, to be filtered.

In the first of them, E-SUS-VE, suspected and confirmed cases of new coronavirus, when the patient’s health condition is mild or moderate; and the second, Sivep-Flu, includes hospitalizations for severe acute respiratory syndromes.

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The Sao Paulo newspaper learned of the event from a complaint that included a link to the “github” platform where were the users and passwords to access the ministry’s database, in a message published on October 28 by the Albert Einstein worker.

“Github” is a tool that computer programmers use to store code and files.

Albert Einstein acknowledged this Thursday in a note that the collaborator in question “had filed the information on access to certain systems” of the Ministry of Health “without adequate protection”, and therefore decided to fire him.

“The information was immediately withdrawn and the fact was communicated to the Ministry of Health so that it could take measures to ensure data protection,” he added.

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Brazil It is one of the countries in the world most affected by the new coronavirus pandemic along with United States and the India, by counting 170 769 deaths and 6.1 million infections, according to the latest official balance.

After about two months in a regressive phase, cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 They have grown again in various regions of the country and some epidemiological experts are already talking about a second wave, although without having definitely left the first behind.

(With information from EFE)


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