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Optus Hack in Australia Exposes Medicare Information

Rejected submission by Anonymous Coward at 2022-09-27 14:32:37 from the Takes one to know one dept.

A number of Australians have had their Medicare details exposed [] as part of the Optus cyber attack. Optus are only now advising customers that their Medicare information may be at risk. There are 'reports that personal information from the breach, including Medicare numbers were being “offered for free and for ransom”'. On Tuesday morning that the alleged hacker behind the attack had released 10,000 customer records. The person threatened to release another 10,000 batch each day for four days until Optus gave into their $US1 million ($A1.5 million) ransom demand. The Australia Federal Police confirmed on Monday that they were working with overseas law enforcement to investigate the Optus data breach, and is monitoring the dark web using a "range of specialist capabilities" to find the stolen data.

Dear MyGov, please change my Medicare card number as Optus was hacked.

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