Hackers download Australian health data, declare ‘case closed’

Hackers download Australian health data, declare ‘case closed’

2022/11/30 at 8:15 pm
2022/11/30 at 8:15 pm

Hackers who leaked Australian health information onto the dark web appeared to put an end to their extortion attempt on Thursday, downloading a final batch of data online and declaring a “case closed.”

The hackers demanded in November that health insurance company Medibank pay them $9.7 million not to release the data online, or $1 for each of the company’s clients, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Medibank refused to pay, as requested by the government, which in the midst of the crisis considered banning companies victimized by hackers from paying ransoms.

On Thursday morning, the hackers said they uploaded the latest data to the network, coinciding with the International Day of Information Security.

“Happy Cyber ​​Security Day,” they wrote.

“Full folder added. Case closed,” they added.

The first batch of stolen data began appearing on a dark web forum on November 9 with information from medical records on drug addiction, pregnancy terminations, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Medibank said on Thursday that the latest message was “incomplete and difficult to understand,” an indication that the hackers had lost interest in not paying the ransom.

“Our investigation continues but there are no signs that financial or banking information has been taken,” Medibank said in a statement.

Commissioner Reece Kershaw of the Australian Federal Police said in November that the hackers would be a group based in Russia.

Computer security analysts have indicated that they could be linked to the Russian hacker group REvil.

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