SmiNet, the country’s infectious diseases database, was shut down on Thursday by the Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) after it was targeted in several hacking attempts.
The agency officially released statements on Thursday, May 27 speaking on having identified several attempts of intrusion into SmiNet database following which the system was temperoraily shut down.
Due to a database outage, the Swedish Public Health Agency was unable to report complete COVID-19 statistics beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m.
While no evidence of unauthorised parties accessing sensitive information has been discovered thus far, the investigation will continue for at least a few days.
“The investigation into unauthorized access to sensitive information is still ongoing,” the agency said.
“More time is needed to ensure that the statistics are complete, so that a reliable assessment of the epidemiology situation can be made. Therefore, the next update of the statistics on cases of COVID-19 will be on Thursday, June 3. “
As long as the investigation goes on nl further reports will be published until additional detailg arw confirmed.