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Hackers Claim to Have Access to Data at Australia’s Medibank

The incident is the latest in a spate of cyber breaches reported by Australian companies, including mobile operator Optus

An illuminated sign is seen outside a branch of the Australian health insurer Medibank Private in Sydney October 20, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray


Australian health insurer Medibank revealed on Wednesday that it had been contacted by a hacker group claiming to have access to its customer data.

The hacker group wished to negotiate with Medibank over the return of the data, the firm said, but did not give further details about their demands.


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The news comes six days after Medibank reported an attempted ransomware attack on its network, but said there was no evidence that customer data had been removed.

The Melbourne-based company is working with cyber security firms and has also informed the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the government’s lead agency for cyber security.

“Medibank systems have not been encrypted by ransomware, which means usual activities for customers continue,” it added.

The incident is the latest in a recent spate of cyber breaches reported by Australian companies, including mobile operator Optus.

  • Reuters, with additional editing from Alfie Habershon


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Alfie Habershon

Alfie is a Reporter at Asia Financial. He previously lived in Mumbai reporting on India's economy and healthcare for data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, as well as having worked for London based Tortoise Media.


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