Hackers download Australian health data online, declare ‘case closed’ – Digital Journal


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The hackers who leaked stolen Australian health records to the dark web on Thursday appeared to end their extortion attempt by downloading a final batch of data online and declaring: “Case closed.”

In November, hackers demanded health insurer Medibank pay $9.7 million to keep records offline, or $1 for each of the company’s affected customers, including the first Minister Anthony Albanese.

Medibank refused to pay at the behest of the federal government, which at the height of the crisis deemed it illegal for hacked companies to hand out ransoms.

On Thursday morning, the hackers said they had posted the latest data online, deliberately coinciding with International Information Security Day.

“Happy Cyber ​​Safety Day,” they wrote.

“Added folder full. Case closed.”

The first batches of stolen data began appearing on a dark web forum on November 9, in selected posts highlighting medical records on drug addiction, pregnancy termination, and sexually transmitted infections.

In November, hackers demanded health insurer Medibank pay $9.7 million to keep stolen records off the Internet, or $1 for each of the company’s affected customers. Copyright AFP Muhammad FAROOQ

Medibank said on Thursday that the latest post was “incomplete and difficult to understand,” an indication that hackers may have lost interest after a ransom was dropped.

“While our investigation continues, there are currently no signs that financial or bank details have been taken,” Medibank said in a statement.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said in November that the hackers were believed to be a group of “loosely affiliated cybercriminals” who were based in Russia.

Cybersecurity analysts have suggested that they could be linked to the Russian hacker group REvil.

Australian government ministers have dubbed hackers “trash”, “trash criminals” and “golden mongrels”.


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