GORDON BROWN'S MEDICAL RECORDS HACKED; EXCLUSIVE Health Files of PM and Alex Salmond Targeted in Wave of Computer Attacks

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GORDON BROWN'S MEDICAL RECORDS HACKED; EXCLUSIVE Health Files of PM and Alex Salmond Targeted in Wave of Computer Attacks


Byline: By MARK AITKEN Political Editor

A HACKER attack on the health records of Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond has sparked a huge security alert.

Confidential computer files on the Prime Minister and Holyrood's First Minister were illegally targeted along with the records of scores of other high-profile Scots.

We can reveal former Labour leader Jack McConnell and his culture chief wife Bridget have also had their sensitive files hacked.

BBC stars, including newsreader Jackie Bird, and Old Firm footballers have also been victims.

NHS Fife doctor Andrew Jamieson has been charged and appeared on petition at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

The breach was discovered on a national database called the Emergency Care Summary system, which holds the details of 2.5million people in Scotland.

It contains personal data such as names, ages, addresses, current medication and any adverse reactions to prescribed medicines.

NHS staff have to ask patients' permission before they can look at the ECS, except if a patient is unconscious or unable to give consent. It was launched in 2006 with the promise that the system was protected using the "highest standards of security".

One senior politician affected said: "The motives involved don't appear to be very sinister and they appear to be completely random. The only thing linking them all is that they are famous or have a high public profile.

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