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Medibank cracked down on the most recent dump of sensitive health data online after hackers demanded a $15 million ransom.

“Publishing this stolen data on the dark web is shameful,” said CEO David Koczkar.

“We take the responsibility of securing our customers’ data seriously and again apologize unreservedly to our customers.

“We remain committed to communicating fully and transparently with customers and will contact customers whose data has been published on the dark web.

“The weaponization of people’s private information for the purpose of extorting payment is malicious, and it is an attack on the most vulnerable members of our community.

“These are real people behind this data and the misuse of their data is deplorable and may discourage them from seeking treatment.”

The file, although titled “abortions” online, reportedly includes health data on Medibank customers who have had difficult pregnancies.

Medibank said it would continue to offer customer support, including identity protection, and a hotline for those in a “particularly vulnerable” position after their private data was compromised (13 23 31 for Medibank and international customers, 13 42 46 for ahm customers and 1800 081 245 for My Home Hospital patients).

While people keep an eye out for scammers, it’s worth remembering that Medibank does not contact customers asking for passwords or sensitive information.

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