Medicare leak

Alan Tudge has stated, Naughty ‘traditional’ culprits have been termed as the source of Medicare data leakage, not cyber group.

Australian Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge has minimized the cyber factors of personal Medicare information being exchanged online.

Talking to journalists on Tuesday, Tudge stated people’s healthcare information cannot be acquired alone with a Medicare card number, and that a little number of people were affected.

“The advice that I’ve received from the chief information officer in my department is that there has not been a cybersecurity breach of our systems as such, but rather it is more likely to have been a traditional criminal activity,” Tudge said.

As declared by The Guardian on Tuesday morning, Medicare card information are being exchanged online for a price of nearly AU$30.

The minister stated the division was only informed about these actions yesterday, and had directed the issue to the Australian Federal Police.

“When we are made aware of any such allegation or breach, the Australian Federal Police is informed immediately,” he said.

Tudge denied to statement on whether the details leak was an outcome of an agent with access to Medicare details trading the information.

Trent Yarwood of Future Wise stated the issue with this recent break happened when it was added to already available information.

“For people like Alan Tudge to say there is no data security issue is obviously incorrect, and I think reflects a very poor understanding of what the power of these sorts of linked datasets is,” Yarwood told ZDNet.

“[A Medicare card] is a valid form of identification, so the potential to actually be able to use that data to then go on and then apply other details — it’s the ability to be able to link all this stuff together.”

“It’s an amazingly intrusive level of detail on people’s lives that could be reassembled.”

Labor deputy head Tanya Plibersek stated the event was a very severe beak of confidentiality.

“I’d also say that this has become a repeat nightmare,” she said.

“We’ve got the government that brought you the Census debacle, that brought you the failed NAPLAN online efforts, that’s bringing you a second-rate NBN, presiding over another internet catastrophe with leaked Medicare records now available to the highest bidder.”


Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar stated the government took “extraordinarily seriously” the information it gathered on individuals.

“All I can do is assure you that we will do absolutely everything possible to protect that data,” he said. “If that means more work and more upgrades to our system, then so be it.”



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