Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:53

Govt plays down report of Medicare details sale

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Human services minister Alan Tudge is playing down a report that the Medicare details of Australians are being sold on a site on the dark web.

In a statement, Tudge said: "The only information claimed to be supplied by the site was the Medicare card number."

The Guardian reported today that a trader was "illegally selling" Medicare patient details by “exploiting a vulnerability” in a government system, raising the possibility that a government system has been infiltrated.

The report said that the trader was charging about $30 per card and using a logo of the Department of Human Services to plug his/her services which was called the Medicare machine.

Tudge said he had "received assurance that the information obtained by the journalist was not sufficient to access any personal health record".

He said that the matter was under investigation and had been referred to the Australian Federal Police.

Australia has data breach laws in place which mandate the reporting of breaches by government agencies and businesses and non-profits with annual turnover of more than $3 million. But the laws only take effect on 22 February 2018.

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