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DHS Issues 165 New Medicare Numbers After Darknet Fiasco

After recent reports of darknet vendors selling Medicare numbers on darknet marketplaces, the Department of Human Services (DHS) issued new Medicare numbers to as many as 165 people. Although the Australian government downplayed the existence of stolen Medicare numbers, the DHS backtracked their statements from day one. Including the number of compromised Medicare numbers: they had originally claimed that “about” ... Read More »

Senate Inquiry Set to Examine Stolen Medicare Information on the Darknet

The Australian Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee revealed an upcoming probe into the circumstances surrounding the stolen Medicare numbers that ended for sale on darknet markets. The probe will also examine software and protocol issues with Health Professional Online Services, issues with My Health Record, and the method in which healthcare professionals handle Medicare information. The probe will ... Read More »

Tudge: Vendor Has a ‘Small Number’ of Medicare Numbers

In July, a Guardian journalist, Paul Farrell, reported that he had recently bought his Medicare number from a darknet market vendor. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, called the theft a “traditional” one not a cybersecurity breach. He then called upon the Australian Federal Police for assistance. Farrell found a vendor on (the now non existant) Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ... Read More »

Tudge: Vendor Has a ‘Small Number’ of Medicare Numbers

In July, a Guardian journalist, Paul Farrell, reported that he had recently bought his Medicare number from a darknet market vendor. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, called the theft a “traditional” one not a cybersecurity breach. He then called upon the Australian Federal Police for assistance. Farrell found a vendor on Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ISP email logins, ... Read More »