Hacker steals customer data from Australia’s leading health insurance company Medibank Private, in the latest data breach under
Australia suffered another very devastating data breach, after that country’s leading health insurance company was hacked.
Medibank Private . confirmed There was a “cyber incident” on Thursday, which she said was being investigated by the Australian Federal Police as a crime.
Unfortunately, it appears that the hackers stole 200GB of Australian patients’ data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, financial data and in some cases actual medical data.
“Medibank was contacted by a criminal claiming to have stolen data and provided sample records for 100 policies we believe came from our international student systems,” the company stated.
“The criminal also claims to have stolen other information, including data related to credit card security,” she added. “This has not yet been verified by our investigations.”
The health insurer said it was working around the clock to understand what additional customer data was affected and how it would affect them.
“We are in direct contact with affected customers to inform them of this latest development, and to provide support and guidance on what to do next,” the company stated. “We expect the number of affected customers to increase as the incident continues.”
Medibank urged customers to remain vigilant, and encouraged them to seek independent advice from trusted sources, including the Australian Cyber Security Center at cyber.gov.au
It also said it would never contact customers who ask for passwords or other sensitive information.
“Medibank is in discussions with government stakeholders about what we can do to help our customers protect their identities and health information, and we will be in touch with customers about these steps directly,” she said.
The breach is likely to be significant, with Medibank Private covering one-sixth of Australians.
The country has a population of only 25 million, which means that 4 million people have been affected.
So far, the concern has centered around the risk of hackers using stolen financial data to gain access to people’s bank accounts.
However, the The Sydney Morning Herald reported It got a message from someone claiming to be a Medibank hacker, who reportedly threatened to release confidential medical records of high-profile individuals unless the person was paid.
There have been compromises in medical data before.
In 2019 for example, a Nation-state pirates Singapore’s government health database is compromised and The medical records of at least 1.5 million people were stolenincluding the medical records of Premier Lee Hsien Loong.
Medibank Private news comes right on the heels Australia’s second largest mobile phone company, Optus, hackedowned by Singapore Telecom Limited.
The Optus breach affected up to 10 million Australians, and the stolen data included customer names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, a subset of customers, addresses and numbers of identity documents such as driver’s license or passport numbers.
The Australian government did not back down Expressing anger over the breachSingapore Telecom demanded Alternative identification documents must be paid Including passports, which is approved by the company.
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