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Stolen MediSecure Data Containing Doctors' Information For Sale on Dark Web Raises Concerns

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A sample of stolen data from MediSecure, a former provider of medical prescription services in Australia, has been found for sale on the dark web. This data includes clinician log-in credentials, prescriber numbers, and medical practice details, but patient names are not included. The information exposed in the data breach has caused concern among doctors and pharmacists whose details have been leaked without their knowledge.

Doctors whose names were found in the stolen data expressed worry over the lack of communication from MediSecure regarding the breach. The leaked data, which has been put up for sale for $50,000 on the dark web, contains sensitive information such as prescriber numbers and medication instructions linked to prescribing doctors and dispensing pharmacists. Despite assurances from authorities that the stolen data may not be enough to access Medicare records, cybersecurity experts warn that medical data is highly valuable to cybercriminals and could be used for targeted scams or even accessing medication.

MediSecure, the company that suffered the security breach, has not disclosed the extent of the impact on Australians but confirmed that the data taken was up until November the previous year. The stolen data includes Medicare Provider numbers and prescriber numbers, potentially putting doctors at risk of identity theft or other fraudulent activities. The Australian Medical Association has advised its members to continue prescribing medications as usual, emphasizing that current prescriptions are not believed to be affected. However, concerns remain among healthcare providers about the potential repercussions of the leaked information and the need for better communication and transparency from MediSecure regarding the breach.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09