Jul 5, 2017

How a criminal on the ‘dark web’ likely got hold of your Medicare number

Medicare breach wasn't a cyber attack but "traditional criminal activity", according to Human Services Minister Alan Tudge.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor


Alan Tudge Centrelink scandal

The source for Medicare data available for sale on the so-called "dark web" is unlikely to be from a hack of Medicare's databases, Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has claimed. But that doesn't make it any less concerning.

Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell yesterday revealed he had been able to buy his own Medicare card number on an online sales site on the "dark web" -- part of the internet only accessible via a special browser where illegal drugs, guns and other illicit goods are up for sale -- for less than $30.

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