Aus­tralia to re­view Medi­care se­cu­rity

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a re­view to ex­am­ine the se­cu­rity of the on­line Medi­care sys­tem and how doc­tors are able to ac­cess Medi­care num­bers, after a dark­net trader was dis­cov­ered il­le­gally sell­ing pa­tient de­tails on re­quest.

The former pub­lic ser­vice head, Peter Sher­gold, will lead the re­view, putting on no­tice thou­sands of doc­tors and other providers who have ac­cess to Medi­care num­bers via an on­line por­tal.

Guardian Aus­tralia re­vealed last week that a dark­net trader was of­fer­ing the Medi­care pa­tient de­tails of any­one for sale by “ex­ploit­ing a vul­ner­a­bil­ity” in a gov­ern­ment sys­tem, rais­ing con­cerns that a health agency may be se­ri­ously com­pro­mised.

The data had been for sale since at least Oc­to­ber 2016, and the seller ap­peared to have sold the Medi­care de­tails of at least 75 Aus­tralians.

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