Medi­care se­cu­rity probe

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION - TOM MINEAR

PO­LICE have been called in to in­ves­ti­gate how peo­ple’s Medi­care card num­bers ended up for sale on the dark web.

The alarm­ing se­cu­rity breach was re­vealed yes­ter­day and re­ferred to the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice by Hu­man Ser­vices Min­is­ter Alan Tudge, who said it was of “great con­cern” to the Gov­ern­ment.

It was re­ported Medi­care card de­tails were pur­chased for less than $ 30 from a dark net ven­dor run­ning what was dubbed chine”.

Mr Tudge would not re­veal how peo­ple’s pri­vate de­tails had ended up on the dark web but he said there was “no in­di­ca­tion that there’s been a widescale breach” of gov­ern­ment sys­tems.

“There has not been a cy­ber se­cu­rity breach of our sys­tems as such, but rather it’s more likely to have been tra­di­tional “the Medi­care ma- crim­i­nal said.

He said only a “very small” num­ber of peo­ple had been caught up in the in­ci­dent.

Act­ing Op­po­si­tion Leader Tanya Plibersek said it was “ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal” the Gov­ern­ment told Aus­tralians how many records had been breached, when the in­ci­dent was dis­cov­ered and what ac­tion was be­ing taken to pro­tect ac­tiv­ity,” Mr Tudge the iden­ti­ties of peo­ple whose records had been sold.

“Then the Gov­ern­ment re­ally needs to in­ves­ti­gate how this breach oc­curred and what can be done to pre­vent sim­i­lar breaches in the fu­ture,” Ms Plibersek said.

“This is a very, very se­ri­ous pri­vacy breach.”

Mr Tudge pointed out that the in­for­ma­tion pur­chased from the dark web was “not suf­fi­cient to ac­cess any sonal health record”.

“The only in­for­ma­tion claimed to be sup­plied by the site was the Medi­care card num­ber,” he said. “Any ap­par­ent unau­tho­rised ac­cess to Medi­care card num­bers is nev­er­the­less of great con­cern.”

Mr Tudge said the Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices was re­ceiv­ing con­stant ad­vice about its cy­ber se­cu­rity ar- per- range­ments from the Aus­tralian Sig­nals Direc­torate.

The As­sis­tant Min­is­ter to the Trea­surer, Michael Sukkar, said it was an “ex­tremely con­cern­ing” in­ci­dent.

“It’s very alarm­ing to me if any of that data is find­ing its way into hands that it shouldn’t be,” he said.

“This is go­ing to be an on­go­ing is­sue as more and more of our in­for­ma­tion ul­ti­mately is col­lected and stored on­line. Gov­ern­ments are go­ing to have to be much bet­ter at pro­tect­ing that data.”

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