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Australia’s No. 1 health insurer warns more patient data stolen in hack By Stocksak


© Stocksak. FILEPHOTO: A woman walks past an Australian branch of the health insurer Medibank Private, Sydney, October 20, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

(Stocksak). -Australia’s largest health insurer Medibank Private Ltd stated that it expects the number of customers affected in a massive data breach will grow after discovering policy records for another 1,000 customers had been stolen.

Medibank, which provides coverage for one-sixth Australians, announced last week that an unidentified individual had shown the company stolen personal data of 100 customers, including medical diagnoses.

Tuesday’s statement by the company stated that it had received more files containing criminal data. This included personal and health data from more patients and files with Medibank and international student customers.

“Given how complex the information we have received, it’s too early to determine the extent of the customer data that was stolen,” the company stated in a statement.

“As the cybercrime continues to be investigated, we expect the number affected customers to increase as this unfolds.”

The latest cybersecurity incident at Medibank is one of a number that has rocked corporate Australia. This includes a breach at Australia’s No. 2 Telco Optus, which has compromised the data of as many as 10 million customers.

The investigation by the Australia Federal Police into the hack of Medibank is ongoing.

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