The next morning, Jere checked Twitter and he was horrified and relieved to learn that thousands of other people were under the same threat. He said: “If I were one of the only people who received the email, I would be even more afraid.”
Vastaamo has the largest private mental health provider network in Finland. A Finnish reporter told me that in a country with a population of only 5.5 million (roughly the same as Minnesota), this is “McDonald’s psychotherapy.” Therefore, the attack on the company shocked the whole of Finland. It is believed that approximately 30,000 people received ransom demands; approximately 25,000 people reported the incident to the police. October 29, Helsinki Times Read: “The hacking of Vastaamo may become the largest criminal case in Finnish history.” This prediction seems to have been fulfilled.
in case Attack scale Shocking, so cruel. Not only because the records are so sensitive; not only because the attacker or attacker singled out patients like injured animals; but also because of all the countries on the planet, Finland should be the most capable of preventing such violations. One of the capable countries. Together with neighboring Estonia, it is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of digital healthcare. Since the late 1990s, Finnish leaders have been pursuing the principle of “citizen-centered seamless medical care”, backed by investment in technological infrastructure. Today, every Finnish citizen can use a highly secure service called Kanta, where they can browse their treatment records and order prescriptions. Their health providers can use the system to coordinate care.
Vastaamo is a private company, but it seems to be operating with the convenience and accessibility of technical support: you can book a therapist with just a few clicks, you can tolerate the waiting time, and the Finnish social insurance agency is reimbursed Most dues (provided that you have a mental illness). The company is run by Ville Tapio, a 39-year-old coder and entrepreneur who has sharp eyebrows, brown back and a thick chin. He co-founded this company with his parents. They position Vastaamo as a humble family business dedicated to improving the mental health of all Finns.
In the past ten years, the company has gone from success to success. Of course, some people question whether Tapio’s motives are pure. Kristian Wahlbeck, the development director of Finland’s oldest non-profit organization non-profit organization, said he was “a little frowning” and “considered too business-minded.”Yes, there are occasional stories about Vastaamo doing shady, such as using Google ads to try to poach potential patients from university clinics, such as newspapers Evening News report. But people have been signing up. Tapio is so confident in his creation that he talked about taking his models overseas.
Tapio said: “Before the incident, Vastaamo produced a lot of social welfare.” Now, he is the former CEO, and the company he founded is selling parts. “I am sad to see that all the work is done, and the opportunities in the future are suddenly wasted,” he said. “The way it ends is scary, unnecessary and unreasonable.”
Tapio grew up In a “peace and green” community in northern Helsinki during a severe economic downturn. His mother Nina (Nina) is a trauma therapist, and his father (Perttu) is a priest. His grandparents gave him a second-hand Commodore 64 when he was 10 years old, which aroused his interest in coding. He said that something in his brain caused its logical challenge. He also sees it as “a tool for building real things.”
This fascination has always existed: in middle school, Tapio wrote a statistical system for his basketball team, and in high school, he worked for the Helsinki Ministry of Education, showing teachers how to use their computers. He said that instead of going to university, it is better to open an online store to sell computer parts. This is his first business with only tens of euros. A few years later, he joined a small management consulting company when he was 20 years old.