Carol Sakey


(25 page PDF author Prof Stuart E Madnick Ph.D December 2023). The Continued Threat to Personal Data. Key Factors Behind the 2023 Increase. (December 2023) Over 2.6 billion personal records were breached in 2021 and 2022 (1.1 billion in 2021 and 1.5 billion in 2022).  * The number of data breaches more than tripled between 2013 and 2022.2    * According to a 2023 report, over 80% of data breaches involved data stored in the cloud.   * In the first three quarters of 2023, the number of ransomware attacks increased by almost 70% compared to the first three quarters of 2022.  * 98% of organizations have a relationship with a vendor that experienced a data breach within the last two years  * In the first eight months of 2023 alone, over 360 million people were victims of corporate and institutional data breaches.   * In the first three quarters of 2023, one in four people in the US had their health data exposed in a data breach

RNZ Reported 3rd June 2021 The number of cyber security incidents reported in New Zealand has risen 25% since this time last year (2020-2021). Government agency CERT NZ’s quarterly report shows there have been 1431 cyber security incidents in the first quarter of this year. The financial loss due to cyber attacks is 7%. Almost a ¼ of the breaches resulted in financial loss totaling $3 Million. Six cases involved in the loss of $100,000 or more. 278 incidents were referred to the police, an increase of 46% compared with the previous quarter


Ministry of Justice chief operating officer Carl Crafar said at this stage, it’s believed the incident affected access to approximately 14,500 coronial files relating to the transportation of deceased people, and approximately 4000 post-mortem reports. Stuff NZ reported 5th October 2019 ‘Up to 1 million NZ patients data has been breached in a criminal cyber hack. Tu Ora Compass Health CEO Martin Hefforf confirmed this, that medical data could be in criminal hands after cyber attacks dating back years.  Wellington, Kapiti and Wairarapa Primary Health Organization (PHO) Tu Pra Compass Health confirmed anyone enrolled in a medical centre in the region between 2002- 2019 could be affected.

The extent of the patient files that were accessed was impossible to ascertain. PHO’s held individual data such as medical centre enrolment information including names, addressed, ethnicities, ages. It also held data that could be linked to individual patients advised on stopping smoking and alcohol related intake issues. Some information relating to children that were due for their immunizations, also those that were having diabetes checks, flu jabs, women recalled for cervical screening and people due for heart and diabetes checks. Also mental health counselling service information on patients. The current population area covered was about 648,00, but information goes back to 2001- until 2019. Therefore this could be personal information on living and dead people as well.

A newly-released report into last year’s cyber attack of the Waikato District Health Board said Te Whatu Ora needs to “think like a hacker” when building its security softwares. The ransomware attack last May brought the DHB’s hospitals and services to a halt for days, as it tried to restore its IT systems.


RNZ reported 4th July 2020 ‘Details of active COVID 19 cases leaked in privacy breach. Stating there has been a massive privacy breach, with the leak of personal details revealing the identity of New Zealand’s 18 active Covid cases. RNZ has seen a document that includes the full names, addresses, age and the names of the hotel and one hospital the 18 have been quarantining in. Newshub reported 6/12/2022 Thousands of corona’s files, post mortem reports caught up in ministry of Justice hack. National Cyber Security, Ministry of Health, also police found evidence of cyber hacks going back to 2016. It was said that they will never know if individual patient has been accessed, it is likely they would never know , it was said. It was unclear who was behind the attacks, where they originated from, for what purpose, though one theory was ‘harvesting information for the purpose of identity theft’

Te Whatu Ora reported on their website there had been a cyber security incident affecting an IT service provider that has impacted Access to Te Whatu Ora data relating to bereavement and carias services. I tapped on the link and this text came up.. Sorry we cant find this page you are looking for (No surprises here)


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Carol Sakey


The Australian Senate  is referring to the Senate Inquiry to Draft Terms of Reference for a Future COVID Royal Commission, they had their first hearing yesterday 1st Feb 2023  at the demands of  Malcom Roberts First Nation Party in Canberra. They focused on what Australians have to say as to the fully empowered Royal Commission into the COVID mismanagement in Australia. There were eleven submissions . Australia’s best research tool for interpreting adverse events from COVID jabs plus FOI Information has been published all in one place and its free, ‘OpenDAEN’ an easy to use database of TGA reported COVID19 Jabs Adverse Events on a non commercial, non profit website. (February 1st 2024) NZ Government is not so forthcoming.

The quiet inquiry, New Zealanders will not get the blow by blow dramatic reports into the nations handling of COVID19 pandemic, the head of the inquiry said :it gets a lot of more work done that way” (RNZ 13/11/2023). Tony Blakely is the Chair of the NZ Commission into the COVID19 Inquiry. So many many people have spoken about their experiences  during the pandemic, especially the handling of this, the mandating, the surveillance, the character assassinating and the deliberate lies and indoctrination purposely pushed upon New Zealanders. The loss of jobs, not being able to go to loved ones funerals . The whole control, totalitarianism. The banks gained more profit as did corporations, big Tech and Big Pharma, digital id surveillance of every day law abiding citizens. The jab injured, severe harms the so called ‘River Of Filth’.  The only River Of Filth laid behind those closed doors of Parliament. And now it is reported that want to sell New Zealander short, it will make it easier.

The confidential setting of the meetings enables the commissioners – former government minister Hekia Parata, former Treasury head John Whitehead, and Blakely himself – to speak to a wide range of New Zealanders in a short period of time and have “free and frank” discussions.

This speaks for itself when Blakey says “We’re up to more than 200 organizations that we’ve spoken to in engagements, and we do that in a confidential setting so that we can cut to the chase. We can get more done in an hour than it might take eight hours in a courtroom to do.” And of course add ‘Identity Politics to the mix ‘The Inquiry will examine policy measures such as border closures, appropriate use of government power, and the impact on Māori within a Treaty of Waitangi context.’

This is what Blake said “Blakely says that feedback will be used to work out how it could be done better next time, and improve the way iwi and other providers are used. And, he says, the information could not only be used for the next pandemic, but between pandemics in other emergencies.’

Anthony Albanese Lies to the Australian People


Carol Sakey


May 26th 2021 There was a widespread alarm as to what may happen to hugely sensitive patient and staff information from Waikato District Health Board where hackers had claimed to obtained scores of official records, documents containing names, phone numbers and addresses of patients and staff, this was referred to the police. Andrew Little refused to front up, but issued a statement instead offering assistance to Waikato DHB. . It  was reported to say “ Cyber experts say the danger is that the hackers could sell the data to other cyber crims, which could be used to scam victims whether a ransom was paid or not, there was no guarantee data would remain secure.

Waikato hospital was hit by a cyber attack in May 2021.. Microsoft got a lot of flack over hacks The government has received advice from a King’s Counsel lawyer, and from privacy impact experts, that using foreign-owned data centres – even if the centres themselves are in New Zealand – places the data under the legal jurisdiction of the foreign country, and raises the risk the other country could obtain the data. The US has a Cloud Act that raises this possibility. Officials appear ambivalent on the issue, various OIA documents have shown, and the New Zealand government is increasingly committed to moving public data to hyper-scale data centres

July 2021 another RNZ report that SIS was not including the DHBs in their implementing a new cyber security programme. RNZ reported 20th December 2021 that the Health Minister announced $75.6 million over three years to plug cyber security gaps, to help health organizations improve their cyber security to protect sensitive information, to minimize risks of cyber attacks. (Obviously this needed to be done as patient and staff private personal info was at risk, but this funding was over 3 years – not for lets get it fixed right now, obviously leaving patients files – personal information seriously at risk, and knowing so.

 Reporting also that the system needed upgrading. Patients Rights Chairperson Carolyn Mckenzie said “this is a very serious matter that could have a huge impact on some-ones life” Saying that patients feel a sense of violation that some-one could be using their information to advantage themselves, there is a deep sense of betrayal of those patients that have been exposed. There is no way of compensating somebody for that”

The National Secretary of the APEX Union and the Resident Doctors Association Debrorah Powell said “This is just low life behaviour, patient and staff information that is confidential, its just so very wrong”. She added “for medical staff the confidentiality of patients information “goes to the heart of the relationship between doctor and patient”, where patients will not feel comfortable to share highly personal information with their doctor. The disrespecting of the fundamental health care relationship, which is very upsetting for patients”. Staff at the DHB were trying to deal with the fallout themselves which is also very distressing”

It was confirmed that documents included recent data on staff numbers, names, including financial records, contracts, complaints as well as sensitive information about patients. The files included screenshots identifying hundreds of patients and staff, some document spelling out diagnoses and medical information. RNZ reported this article taking huge care not to divulge sensitive information.

Fast forward 18 months on to 6th December 2022 ‘Te Whatu Ora has lost 14,000 patient files amid cyber attacks relating to cardiac, inherited disease and bereavement care. (Confirmed by Te whatu Ora). The Ministry of Justice confirmed it had lost 14500 coronial files, approx. 4,000 post mortem examination reports due to a cyber attack.  RNZ reported 17th December 2022 Te Whatu Ora was hacked, thousands of files and post mortem reports over the last 4 years were affected. The High Court granted an order to prevent files from being shared, or the publishing of these files obtained by the cyber attack. The Privacy Commissioner was notified in November 2022.

Ministry of Justice reported on their govt website that on 19th December 2022 Te Whatu Ora and the Ministry Of Justice confirmed they had filed a joint filed legal proceedings in the High Court to prevent people sharing information by obtaining information by the cyber attack on sensitive coronial and health information in a recent cyber security incident. Saying they were working with the Privacy Commissioner. Te Whatu OOra and Ministry of Justuice added the legal proceedings are prudent and proactive, an extra step to protect the people whose private and sensitive information had been compromised.

RNZ also reported on 6th December 2022 that an investigation was underway into the cyber attack which hit thousands of coronial and health files. Confirming this included 14,500 coronial files and approx. 4,000 post mortem reports, . Post mortem data from Northland, Waikato, Bay Of Plenty, Wellington, Horowhenua-Kapiti, Nelson-Marlborough, Otago and Southland regions from March 2020 to November 2022. Including 8,500 records of bereavement care services from Middlemore Hospital, 5500 files on the Cardiac and inherited Disease Register had also been impacted

Another article by RNZ 4th October 2022 ‘Patient details could be compromised as large North Island GP Network hit by Cyber attack. 28th September 2022 there was a cyber attack on Pinnacle Midlands Health Network’s regional primary health care practices across Taranaki, Rotorua, Turangi. Thames-Coromandal and Waikato. Pinnacle hold information like GP notes, however it was reported that the hackers appeared to have accessed information which included commercial and personal details from their system. They laid a complaint with police who then worked alongside Te Whatu Ora and a number of other govt agencies.

Stuff NZ reported 4th October 2022 Cyber attack on Health Provider Pinnacle ‘ a wake up call’. A top doctor is calling a cyber attack on a major primary health provider that has compromised the details of potentially thousands of patient details a “wake up call to the sector”. Chief executive Justin Butcher said that while investigations are still underway it appears that before the breach was notified and the IT was contained the malicious actors accessed information from the system, which could include commercial and personal details. Patients should brace themselves for their medical information being dumped on the dark web or on the web itself.. In May 2021 the then-Waikato DHB was the subject of an attack by hackers.

It left IT systems at Waikato Hospital and its satellites crippled, ham-stringing health care across the region for more than a week and causing ongoing problems long after. Some of the material appeared on the internet after the government refused to pay a ransom. The list of documents suggested it included folders containing patient information as well as information about employees and the DHB’s financial affairs. The IT systems of the DHB, which is the fifth-largest in the country and provides care to more than 430,000 people, were rendered inaccessible.   Andrew Little said the Cyber attacks are the reality of this world.

Carry Young RNZ reported 19th December 2023 ‘Leaked Vaccine Data, a chance a small number of people may be identified, as Te Whatu Ora reports they are employing International experts to investigate the COVID-19 Vax data leak stated Margi Apa CEO of Te Whatu Ora. RNZ reported 19th December 2023 ‘Leaked Vaccine Data, chance a small number of people may be identified.  8th December Te Whatu Ora employs International experts to investigate COVI9 Vaccine leak,  stated Margie Apa CEO of Te Whatu Ora.

Referring to Barry Young, it had been reported by Te Whatu Ora there is a small chance a number of patients may be identified. I suggest Te Whatu Ora keep their own house in check where they are responsible for protecting thousands of patients files that were cyber attacked over the last four years. If personal, private info is out their the shame and blame should be put squarely on your shoulder not one of a man whose really cares about the people of NZ.

 Lets not just put the huge cyber security hacks out in the public arena. Thousands of patients files compromised, private info exposed. The Privacy Commissioner, the government knew about all these cyber attacks on the health system and post mortem files by November 2022 and before this. RNZ reported 9th September 2023 that ‘Te Whatu Ora looked overseas for its transformational plans – a digital shift needed to transform health systems.

 The government was told in 2020 Health IT needed at least $2 billion in upgrades. The Health Minister had been warned of aging systems, IT funding was still lagging, according to Official Information Act request. Many current IT  systems being reported as old with significant limitations. The health system that generates more and more data requiring upgrades . Te whatu Ora you have been sprung, accusing Barry Young that there is a small chance he risked exposing a few patients details”. This is rubbish he shared no identifying patient details. The Govt Agencies allowed through their inaction on cyber security allowed thousands of patient files to be compromised. Do Not Blame Barry Young for your total Incompetence and no conscious of allowing 1,000’s of patients private information to be robbed. I call this a bloody great red flag.



Health Alert on mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Safety was reported 15th February 2023. Referencing the Communications Office of News Media# Florida Health Government. The State Surgeon General notified the Health Care Sector and the public of substantial increase of Vax Adverse Event reporting (VAERS) in Florida after the COVID-19 Vax rollout.

In Florida alone there was a 1,700% increase in VAERS reports after the rollout of COVID19 jabs, compared to an increase of 400% in overall vaccine administration for the same period. The reporting of life threatening conditions increased over 4,400%. This is a novel increase and was not seen during the 2009 H1N1 Vax campaign. The State Surgeon General states’ there is a need for additions unbiased research to better understand the COVID-19 vax short and long term effects.

The findings in Florida are reported to be consistent with various other studies that continue to uncover such risks. After evaluating this the State Surgeon General wrote a letter to FDA and CDC illustrating the risk factors associated with the mRNA COVID-10 vaccines, emphasizing the need for additional transparency.

The State Surgeon General referred to a number of studies associated with an excess risk of serious adverse events, including coagulation disorders, acute cardiac arrests, other cardias acute events, Bells Palsy and encephalitis In one of the studies the risk was 1 in 550 individuals, which is much higher than in other vaccines.

Another study found increased acute cardiac arrests and other acute cardiac events following the COVID jab. A third study related to COVID19 vax, found preliminary evidence of increased risk of both coronary disease and cardiovascular disease.

The CDC had already identified safety signal for stroke among individuals over 65 years of age and older following the bivalent booster administration, referring to a need for further assessments and research regarding safety of ALL mRNA COVID-19 Vax’s. The State Of Florida remined health care providers to accurately communicate the risks and benefits of all clinical interventions to their patients, including those associated with COVID-19 and other public health concerns. To promote importance of treatment and promoting prevention through healthy habits, encouraging health care providers to do the same.

To support transparency including those associated with COVID19 Vax as additional risks continue to be identified and disclosed to the public. To support transparency, the State of Florida reminds health care providers to accurately communicate the risks and benefits of all clinical interventions to their patients, including those associated with the COVID-19 vaccine as additional risks continue to be identified and disclosed to the public.

The State of Florida in the department that is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts


Reference  Communications Office  [email protected]  (850) 245-4111

According to a study, Fraiman J et al, Vaccine. 2022,

A second study, Sun CLF et al, Sci Rep. 2022, found

Additionally, Dag Berild J et al, JAMA Netw Open. 2022, assessed the risk of thromboembolic and thrombocytopenic events

Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida

Florida Department of Health

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EXCLUSIVE: MOH says Kiwis with COVID-19 can now be eligible for euthanasia..NZ euthanasia expansion.. By The Defender.

OIA REQUEST: An Official Information Act reply to The Defender, from the Ministry of Health, which says that patients with COVID-19 could be eligible for euthanasia, has left National MP Simon O’Connor disappointed but not surprised.

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS RAISE CONCERNS:  In November The Defender wrote to the New Zealand Ministry of Health (MOH) to ask some important questions about the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand. In light of the serious deficiencies in the End of Life Choice Act (EOLCA), and concerns that have been raised by healthcare professionals, we felt it was crucial to put some urgent questions to the MOH.

COVID-19 AND ASSISTED DYING: In our Official Information Act (OIA) request we asked the following question: “Could a patient who is severely hospitalized with Covid-19 potentially be eligible for assisted suicide or euthanasia under the Act if a health practitioner viewed their prognosis as less than 6 months?”

TOOLS  TO RESOLVE SERIOUS CRISIS: There were several reasons why The Defender wanted to seek clarity from the MOH about this issue.  Firstly, New Zealand is currently described as being in a precarious position when it comes to COVID-19 and hospital resources. In light of this, it would not be hard to envisage a situation in which a speedy and sizeable rise in COVID-19 hospitalisations could result in pressure to utilize euthanasia and assisted suicide as tools to resolve such a serious crisis.

WARNING OF CAUTION: Overseas commentators have raised the prospect of these kind of unethical motivations since early in this pandemic.  Last year’s tragic case of the elderly Canadian woman who had an assisted suicide to avoid another COVID-19 lockdown highlights exactly why caution is warranted in relation to COVID-19 and euthanasia.  “The lack of stringent safeguards in the EOLCA raised red flags with us. Could a patient with COVID-19 find their way into the eligibility criteria? And, if so, what serious risks would this pose to the already often-vulnerable elderly members of our communities?” says The Defender editor Henoch Kloosterboer.

CRITERIA FOR ASSISTED DYING: The MOH responded to our OIA request on Tuesday (7th of December, 2021). Their reply to The Defender started on a more promising note: “There are clear eligibility criteria for assisted dying. These include that a person must have a terminal illness that is likely to end their life within six months.” But then their response becomes more disturbing (emphasis added):

THE ATTENDING PRACTITIONER:   “A terminal illness is most often a prolonged disease where treatment is not effective. The EOLC Act states eligibility is determined by the attending medical practitioner (AMP), and the independent medical practitioner.”

SERIOUS CONCERNS: This raises serious concerns. Firstly, there is nothing concrete about the phrase “most often”, in fact, its inclusion in this specific context clearly seems to suggest that the MOH considers the definition of terminal illness to be subjective and open to interpretation.

DETERMINATION OF QUALIFIED TERMINAL ILLNESS: The very next sentence seems to back this up. It clarifies that the MOH considers the attending medical practitioner (AMP) and the independent medical practitioner to be empowered by the EOLCA to make the determination about what does and doesn’t qualify as a terminal illness.  “In light of this vague interpretation, it is reasonable to suggest that COVID-19 could be classified as a ‘terminal illness’ depending on the prognosis of the patient and the subjective judgments of the AMP and independent medical practitioner. This feels like we’ve been sold one thing, and been delivered another.” says Kloosterboer.

ELIGIBILITY:  the final paragraph the MOH put this issue beyond doubt when they state (emphasis added): “Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis; therefore, the Ministry cannot make definitive statements about who is eligible. In some circumstances a person with COVID-19 may be eligible for assisted dying.”

INFORMED DECISION: Detail from the Ministry of Health’s response to the OIA request, 7 December 2021. If you examine the eligibility criteria for assisted suicide and euthanasia, as stated on the MOH website, it becomes easier to see how, given the right circumstances, a COVID-19 diagnosis could qualify:  aged 18 years or over a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand  suffering from a terminal illness that is likely to end their life within six months in an advanced state of irreversible decline in physical capability experiencing unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that the person considers tolerable competent to make an informed decision about assisted dying

PROLONGED ILLNESS: It seems to us that the only possible protective factor here, and it’s an extremely flimsy one, is that all of this hinges on the tenuous grounds of how the phrase ‘terminal illness’ is interpreted. In particular, whether or not the AMP and independent medical practitioner are willing to hold firm to the MOH’s suggestion to us that a terminal illness is a “prolonged disease”. Even then, the term ‘prolonged disease’ is still extremely fraught due to its highly subjective nature. Who is to say that a medical practitioner who considers an illness which lasts longer than a fortnight to be a ‘prolonged disease’ isn’t actually correct in making such a determination?

RAISING OF SERIOUS QUESTIONS: The End of Life Choice Act offers no clarity or robust safeguards that would put this matter beyond doubt, in fact it does just the opposite, leaves the door wide open for abuse. MP Simon O’Connor expressed s as to the expansion of the new law less than a month after it came into force.  “New Zealanders who voted in the referendum in 2020 did not anticipate this law could be used for COVID19 patients”.

THE WORDING OF THE LEGISLATION: The wording of the law The wording of the law was always deliberately broad and interpretable, placing far too much into the judgement of the doctor.” He also said that this development raises serious questions about the problems in the EOLCA.

VERY TIMELY: “The  timely demonstration of how badly drafted the law is. When you consider the lack of key safeguards, and the risky shroud of secrecy that the EOLCA has thrown over the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide, you can see that those of us warning about this Act shouldn’t have been dismissed so flippantly,” says Simon  O’Connor.  The implications of this are extremely serious. Not simply because of the potential threat COVID-19 poses to our ill-equipped NZ healthcare system, or the fact that vulnerable elderly people are the most affected by the ravages of this illness.

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY: There is also the fact that an unacceptable lack of transparency has been built into the EOLCA which will cloak all of this in a dangerous veil of secrecy that prevents robust public scrutiny. In a nutshell, the poorly considered structure of the EOLCA has now made the COVID-19 pandemic potentially even more dangerous for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

#DefendNZ,  were calling on the Ministry Of Health to take urgent action to  ensure that the End Of Life Choice Act cannot be used to provide assisted suicide or euthanasia to patients in New Zealand. Defend NZ had created a petition to send to Parliament calling for urgent amendments to the law including required detailed reporting and required independent witnesses, among other things, and were asking concerned citizens to sign and share it.



Researched by Carol Sakey