Media Releases

NZNO a victim of Phishing from Yahoo email address

3 November 2016

On Tuesday 1 November a person pretending to be the chief executive, Memo Musa, using a fake yahoo email address, contacted NZNO and requested the email contacts for our members. Unfortunately this information was released.

NZNO has a membership of 47,000 but not all members have lodged email addresses with the organisation, but the amount of addresses released is in the tens of thousands.

Acting Chief Executive Jane MacGeorge is communicating with members to provide information and advice. Ms MacGeorge says NZNO acknowledge this privacy breach is very unfortunate and upsetting to members.

“We have firstly apologised to our members and have started an investigation into how this happened and are working to prevent this from happening again,” Jane MacGeorge says.

“We are advising our members and staff to be vigilant when considering opening any emails from a yahoo address and to question whether an email received from an NZNO address looks correct and to not open any links or attachments if in doubt.

“We are working closely with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and ID Care to help support members to keep their email safe and to mitigate this problem. We have met with the cyber departments of NZ Police, Ministry of Health and the Department of Internal Affairs.

“We have communicated with the chief executives of district health boards and worked with the general practitioner organisation to get communication out to the health sector about this release of email addresses and are advising them to be on alert.

NZNO is committed to offering a high standard of service to members and is doing its best to make sure this unfortunate error doesn’t happen again. It is updating its website with more advice on how to block SPAM and to be aware of phishing emails.

ENDS.

Direct Media Enquiries To:


Rob Zorn
Communications and Media Advisor

rob.zorn@nzno.org.nz
027 431 2617  |  04 494 8242

Member enquiries: 0800 28 38 48 or nurses@nzno.org.nz