Author Topic: Patient details of 'any Australian citizen' are being sold on the darknet  (Read 193 times)

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For the price of 0.0087 Bitcoin, or A$28/US$22, buyers can give the name of the patient and their date of birth to the seller, who will provide a Medicare card number, IRN (individual reference number) and expiry date on demand.

These details are not publicly available, and can be used to create fake Medicare cards — which can be used as a secondary form of identification in Australia. It's not apparent details about doctor visits or any other further medical records are made available to the buyer.

Paul Farrell, a reporter with The Guardian, claimed to be able to purchase his own Medicare details, which turned out to be accurate. Mashable can confirm the listing is still online on the marketplace, which appears to have had 75 purchases since the listing was made available October 2016.

http://mashable.com/2017/07/04/medicare-australia-details-darknet/

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The path to protecting health data: 10 steps to get started
https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2017/06/29/protecting-health-data/

Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2006-2016
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