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A former vice president of medical app Your.MD has claimed "false information could be fed into the diagnostic system" as a result of security failings in the software's backend. Randeep Sidhu is claiming he was unfairly dismissed from his £110,000 post as Your.MD's deputy veep of product after making legally protected …

  1. adam payne Silver badge

    "And it doesn't come up on a Google search," continued Mansfield. The internet is more than Google.

    #captainpicarddoublefacepalm

    1. Wellyboot Silver badge
      Devil

      That was my reaction as well

      But it does now identify a weathly target to spearphish

  2. GnuTzu Bronze badge
    Unhappy

    "I was being neutered from discussing [the problems] publicly"

    "Neutered" is an apt way to describe what it feels like to try and address security questions in most organizations. "Castrated" (regardless of gender) would be even better.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sounds to me...

    Like Sushi did what he could taking into account the people in the room at the time.

    Also..."it doesn't show up in Google"

    Just...fuck off.

    Hackers aren't doing Google searches for databases.

    They're far more likely to use Shodan or perform reconnaissance using subnet scans and the like.

    Moreover, your biggest security threat is from within, not the greater internet.

    Based on this article, this whole court case seems to be an exercise in saving face for the people still at the firm.

    1. Steve McGuinness

      Re: Sounds to me...

      Based on this article, we have a QC that has no understanding of how the internet works, defending a company that absolutely should know how the internet works, and has chosen to ignore security concerns from someone who knows how the internet works, and then gone out of their way to get rid of the person in their firm, which produces a product that works on the internet, who knows how the internet works.

      I would particularly enjoy seeing this firm announcing in 12 months time that its database had been hacked and using the excuse "Well the hackers found a way in, but we dont know how because the database doesn't show up on google".

      1. ShortLegs

        Re: Sounds to me...

        I venture that Mansfield knows exactly "how the internet works", and purposely stayed away from using any other term. His remarks were not aimed at the plaintiff, but at the panel - who quite probably *dont* know anything about network reconnaissance, but are aware of Google, because "everyone knows you use google to find things on the internet".

        It actually appears as though the plaintiff doesn't know that much about "how the internet" works, insofar as 'security', else his response would have been somewhat different (and, I hope, cutting)

    2. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Sounds to me...

      this whole court case seems to be an exercise in saving face for the people still at the firm and profits and thus bonuses for the board.

      There's a reason why the high levels didn't want to talk about "security" as security costs money. When in doubt, follow the money.

  4. Waseem Alkurdi

    Facepalm

    Do people really trust this app?

    1. Creepy

    2. Inaccurate

    3. Can't replace your ten-years-in-college GP, can it?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Long before apps and cellphones there was the Merck Manual

    "The app itself lets users input symptoms of illness and then suggests potential diagnoses"

    And after I looked up my "symptoms" in the Merk Manual I was convinced I had: Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease, Cancer, Whooping Cough,Chondrodysplasia Punctata, Langer-Giedion Syndrome and The Clap.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/15/health/merck-manual-the-hypochondriacs-bible.html

    1. Jamie Jones Silver badge

      Re: Long before apps and cellphones there was the Merck Manual

      Take these pills, you'll bs better in the morning.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Coat

      Re: Long before apps and cellphones there was the Merck Manual

      ITYM everything but Housemaid's Knee.

      1. Norman Nescio Silver badge

        Re: Long before apps and cellphones there was the Merck Manual

        +1 for the reference. Chapter One of Three Men in a Boat (to say Nothing of the Dog). by Jerome K. Jerome. Link is to Gutenberg.org.

        That is still a book I can't read in public as I dissolve in tears of laughter.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I suspect he's an inarticulate idiot...

    ... talking to an even more stupid exec board who only give a shit about profit.

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