Hackers demand $10 million for stolen Australian medical records

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 Hackers demand $10 million for stolen Australian medical records

Hackers who stole medical records from a major Australian medical company said Thursday they are demanding $10 million to get them back, about a dollar for each of their potential victims.

Earlier this week, Medibank confirmed that hackers had accessed information belonging to 9.7 million current and former customers, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

A small selection of records released by hackers early Wednesday morning, contained a random list of names that appeared to be in treatment for drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and HIV.

Medibank on Thursday confirmed that an “additional file” believed to contain customer data was uploaded to the DarkNet forum overnight.

The hackers used the same forum to go into detail about their ransom demand.

@Society is asking us for a ransom, it's $10 million. We can make a discount… 1 dollar = 1 client", — anonymous hackers wrote on the forum.

Medibank repeatedly refused to pay hackers.

"Publishing this stolen data on the dark web — a shame. Using people's private information as a weapon to solicit payment is malicious and constitutes an attack on the most vulnerable members of our community,” — CEO David Kochkar said Thursday.

“I can't express my disgust at the scumbags behind this criminal act,” — Home Secretary Claire O’Neal told Parliament on Wednesday.

Medibank — Australia's largest private insurance company, and the data of some of the country's most powerful and wealthy people, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, is likely to have been hacked.

Hackers have previously threatened to sell the data of 1,000 senior Australians if the company does not will pay the ransom.

“Sample” The customer data posted on the dark web on Wednesday included names, dates of birth, passport numbers and information about medical recommendations for hundreds of customers.

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