Australia to review Medicare security
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.