Abortion data released after Australia medical records hack


Australia: Hackers who stole customer data from Australia’s largest health insurer Medibank have released a file of pregnancy terminations.

It follows Medibank’s refusal to pay a ransom for the data, supported by the Australian government.

Medibank urged the public to not seek out the files, which contain the names of policy holders rather than patients.

CEO David Koczkaro warned that the data release could stop people from seeking medical attention.

The data of 9.7 million Medibank customers was stolen last month – the latest in a string of major data breaches in Australian companies in recent months.

The hackers this week published their first tranche of information after Medibank refused to pay a $10m (£8.7m; A$15.6m) ransom – about $1 for every customer.

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