cloudyn.png
Tuesday January 31st, 2023 6:45PM

Abortions exposed among Australian health insurer customers

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Extortionists dumped stolen client records relating to pregnancy terminations on the dark web on Thursday in their latest effort to pressure Australia’s largest health insurer to pay a ransom.

The cybercriminals began dumping customer records on Wednesday including treatments for HIV and drug addiction after Medibank this week ruled out paying a ransom for the return of the hacked data.

The criminals, who used the name “Extortion Gang,” on Thursday posted that they had demanded $9.7 million — $1 for the records of each of the 9.7 million current and former Medibank customers that were stolen.

Most concerning was the theft of health claims for almost 500,000 customers that include diagnoses and treatments.

Medibank CEO David Koczkar condemned the release of Thursday’s tranche of data as “disgraceful.”

“The weaponization of people’s private information in an effort to extort payment is malicious, and it is an attack on the most vulnerable members of our community,” Koczkar said in a statement.

Cybersecurity Minister Clare O’Neil described the targeting of women who had terminated pregnancies as “morally reprehensible.”

“Yesterday, I indicated to the Parliament that the consequences of the Medibank hack were likely to get worse, and today those fears have been realized,” O’Neil told Parliament.

“And I want to say, particularly to the women whose private health information has been compromised overnight, as the minister for cybersecurity but, more importantly, as a woman, this should not have happened,” she added.

Medibank and government services were standing ready to support all customers in need even if a “large data dump occurs,” O’Neil said.

The extortionists have warned that the dumps will continue daily.

Cybersecurity expert and Medibank customer Nigel Phair spoke of his frustration at not knowing how much of his personal data had been stolen.

“You just don’t know what’s been lost of your own details: Is it your name, your date of birth, is it your address, is it everything and more?” Phair told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Medibank had failed to adequately address basic risk management questions on what data was stored, where it was stored, who had access and how that data was accessed, Phair said.

“If they’d done that competently beforehand, and put appropriate controls (in place), this wouldn’t have happened,” Phair said.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Health, AP World News, AP Business, AP Health - Women's health, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Financial Services
© Copyright 2023 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Luke Combs tops CMA Awards; Loretta Lynn, Lewis honored
Luke Combs is the winner of the Country Music Association Awards' coveted entertainer of the year trophy
12:03AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Report by Brazil's military on election count cites no fraud
The Brazilian military has issued a report highlighting flaws in electoral systems and proposing improvements
12:00AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Abortions exposed among Australian health insurer customers
Extortionists have dumped stolen client records relating to pregnancy terminations on the dark web in their latest effort to pressure Australia’s largest health insurer to pay a ransom
11:58PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Virus lockdowns hit China economic powerhouse Guangzhou
A surge in COVID-19 cases has spurred lockdowns in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou, adding to financial pressure that has disrupted global supply chains and sharply slowed growth in the world's second-largest economy
7:33PM ( 5 hours ago )
1 dead, over a dozen sick from outbreak tied to deli meat
U.S. health officials say a food poisoning outbreak tied to deli meat and cheese has sickened 16 people in six states, including one who died
6:19PM ( 6 hours ago )
Abortion supporters win in conservative, liberal states
Abortion rights supporters won in the four states where access was on the ballot
5:40PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Health
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend G-20 summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia next week, avoiding a possible confrontation with the United States and its allies over his war in Ukraine
11:05PM ( 1 hour ago )
Brazil armed forces' report on election finds no fraud
Brazil’s defense ministry has released a report highlighting flaws in electoral systems and proposing improvements
10:04PM ( 2 hours ago )
100,000 Russian troops killed or injured in Ukraine, US says
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Russia's announced retreat from Kherson in southern Ukraine and a potential stalemate in fighting over the winter could provide both countries an opportunity to negotiate peace
9:57PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP World News
Snoop Dogg biopic is in development with Universal Pictures
Snoop Dogg is getting a big-screen biopic
11:56PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Asian stocks follow Wall St down before US inflation update
Asian stock markets are lower ahead of a U.S. inflation update that will likely influence Federal Reserve plans for more interest rate hikes after elections left control of Congress uncertain
11:06PM ( 1 hour ago )
Nets make Jacque Vaughn coach, decide against Udoka pursuit
The Brooklyn Nets have made Jacque Vaughn their head coach, promoting Steve Nash’s replacement instead of hiring suspended Boston coach Ime Udoka
10:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Tenn. Gov. Lee looks past Democrat Martin in reelection bid
Jason Martin has spent more than two years trying to get Gov. Bill Lee’s attention in Tennessee
12:20PM ( 1 week ago )
Judge keeps North Dakota abortion ban from taking effect
A North Dakota judge says he'll keep the state’s ban on abortion from taking effect because there's a "substantial probability” that a constitutional challenge to the law will succeed in court
6:43PM ( 1 week ago )
Missouri investigates hospital denial of emergency abortion
Missouri's health department is investigating whether a hospital violated federal rules in denying a woman an emergency abortion
6:23PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Health - Women's health
Wall Street washout as stocks tumble, crypto dives further
Stocks fell sharply as unease flared in far-ranging corners of financial markets
4:45PM ( 7 hours ago )
Stocks slump on Wall Street; crypto prices dive again
Wall Street closed sharply lower, giving back a big chunk of the gains built in a three-day rally running up to Election Day
4:06PM ( 8 hours ago )
Stocks slump sharply on Wall Street; crypto dives again
Wall Street is slumping and giving back a big chunk of the gains built in a rally running up to Election Day
3:03PM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
EU eyes cheap loan plan for 'stable' Ukraine funding in 2023
The European Union is planning to provide Ukraine with around 18 billion euros in financial aid next year to help the war-ravaged country keep its energy and health care facilities running, and to fund salaries and pension schemes
9:20AM ( 15 hours ago )
US Judge lays out case for blocking publishing giants merger
A federal judge has laid out a data-laden case for why she blocked Penguin Random House’s proposed purchase of Simon & Schuster
5:49PM ( 1 day ago )
Asian markets mixed ahead of US elections, inflation data
Asian stocks are mixed ahead of the U.S. midterm elections with trading likely to stay bumpy in a week that brings new inflation data and other events that could shake markets
1:11AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Financial Services
Luke Combs tops CMA Awards; Loretta Lynn, Lewis honored
Luke Combs is the winner of the Country Music Association Awards' coveted entertainer of the year trophy
12:03AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Report by Brazil's military on election count cites no fraud
The Brazilian military has issued a report highlighting flaws in electoral systems and proposing improvements
12:00AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Deliberations in Paul Haggis rape lawsuit set to start
Jurors are expected to start deliberating Thursday in a rape lawsuit against filmmaker Paul Haggis
11:58PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Russia's Putin won't attend upcoming G-20 summit in Bali
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia next week, avoiding a possible confrontation with the United States and its allies over his war in Ukraine
11:57PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Snoop Dogg biopic is in development with Universal Pictures
Snoop Dogg is getting a big-screen biopic
11:56PM ( 39 minutes ago )