(Very) bad news for millions of people. Medibank, the supplier ofHealth insurance the most important ofAustraliawas a victim of a cyber attack on a large scale in October. Initially, the number of victims was estimated at 4 million. But in the end, 10 million customers would be interested, according to information from Bloomberg transmitted by BFM technology Monday.
According to Medibank, the hackers stole personal customer data such as first and last name, date of birth, e-mail and postal address, as well as telephone number. Some Medicare numbers, the equivalent of the Social Security number, are also among the stolen files. Just like the passport numbers of foreign students and information regarding the customers of the branches of the insurer.
The number of victims could still increase
According to information from Bloomberg, a ransom was demanded from Medibank, but it refused to pay. “Based on the advice we have received from cybercrime experts, paying the ransom does not guarantee us 100% recovery of our customers’ data, nor does it prevent publication. In fact, paying could also have the opposite effect and encourage criminals to extort directly from our customers; so there is a good chance that the payment will have a negative impact on a greater number of people “, justified David Koczkar, CEO of the Medibank group.
The extent of the damage caused by this vast cyber attack is not yet fully established. The number of victims could still grow. An internal audit will allow you to take stock.