Hackers in Australia began leaking sensitive customer information from a major health insurance company on Wednesday.
The basics in brief
- Attempt to blackmail Medibank Insurance Group.
As announced by the insurance company Medibank, hackers made the first extracts from the data of millions of insured persons dark web. They had previously attempted to blackmail the insurance company with the stolen data. Medibank said it refused to pay the ransom.
According to Medibank, information about names, dates of birth, addresses, and passport numbers is affected as well as the insured’s medical outcomes and treatments. Among the results, which the insurance company noted with number codes, are also references drugs– or alcoholism HIV– Inflammation.
With around 9.7 million customers, Medibank is Australia’s largest private health insurer. Politicians and celebrities are also likely to be affected by data theft. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was a Medibank customer himself. The hacker attack should be a “wake-up call” for Australian businesses.
Investigators assume that hackers are “criminals or a criminal group”. Like Australian expert Justine Goff Federal Police He said the hackers may be based outside of Australia.
It’s generally difficult to assign a hacker attack to a specific group, expert Sanjay Jha of the University of New South Wales’ Institute of Cyber Security told AFP. However, the “pattern” of the attack on Medibank points to the notorious Russian hacking group Revil, which was also responsible for attacks on US IT company Kaseya, Brazilian meat company JBS and Popstar. lady gaga was responsible.
Medibank assumes that hackers will release more data. The company justified its refusal to pay the extortionists’ money, saying that this could encourage more criminals. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the data will be safe after that.
Medibank President David Koczkar pointed to the assessment of cybercrime experts, which indicates that even if the demands of the money extortionists are met, there is little chance of recovering the stolen data and ensuring that it is not made public. Since the vulnerability became known, Medibank’s market cap has been in the hundreds of millions dollar Lost.
In September, it became known about the hacker attack on the communications group Optus, the second largest mobile operator in Australia. Personal data has been stolen from about nine million Australians, roughly a third of the population.