Medibank Private confirms cyber attack • The Register

Medibank, a private health insurer in Australia with 3.7 million customers, confirmed today that it is the latest company Down Under to fall victim to a digital breach.

In a brief statement, the company confirmed it had taken the ahm and international student policy systems offline, “and we are in the process of methodically and securely restarting the systems.”

“The work we performed today continues to show no evidence that customer data was accessed, but our investigation is ongoing,” added Medibank.

Lines of communication were opened later today with the Australian Cyber ​​Security Centre, APRA, the Office of Australian Information Commissioner, the Private Health Ombudsman, the Department of Health and the Home Office, the company said.

“We have begun reaching out to our customers and our focus remains on ensuring the ongoing safety of our customers, employees and stakeholders and the continued delivery of Medibank services.”

Medibank — which offers insurance coverage for accidents, hospitalization, eye health, dental work and more — hasn’t explained how the criminals gained access to its network, how long they were there, or anything else related.

The attack followed break-ins at several Singtel-owned companies. In late September, Australian telecoms subsidiary Optus confirmed that unauthorized access had disclosed a range of information, including names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses and more. For some customers, the treasure trove of data also contained passport data and account passwords.

Of Optus’ 9.8 million customers, approximately 1.2 million had compromised a current and valid form of ID and 900,000 had records of expired IT or personal data. Australian Federal Police are working with the FBI to uncover the crew behind the burglary.

The attack on Optus is being investigated by two regulatory bodies, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

This week, Singtel’s consulting division Dialog confirmed that it had also detected intruders accessing its servers in September and had shut down certain systems as a precautionary measure. Data from fewer than 20 customers and 1,000 employees may have been accessed. ® Medibank Private confirms cyber attack • The Register

Rick Schindler

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