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Optus data breach: New Medicare numbers, free driver’s licence for impacted customers


The millions of Aussies impacted by the Optus hack could be given new Medicare numbers as the federal government takes action to help those embroiled in one of the worst tech breaches to hit Australia in recent years.

Optus advised up to 10 million customers’ details could have been compromised by the massive data hack. 

Among data stolen was driver’s licence numbers, as well as passport details, Medicare numbers, dates of birth and home addresses. 

Health Minister Mark Butler claimed Optus had taken days to inform the government that some Medicare numbers had likely been compromised. 

‘It’s deeply unfortunate that we were only notified that Medicare details were included in that data breach in the last 24 hours or so,’ Mr Butler told ABC Radio National Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

‘Right now, all the resources of government are going to protecting consumers in the face of this extraordinary breach of their personal data.’

The government is considering issuing new Medicare numbers to millions of Optus customers

The government is considering issuing new…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

A technology enthusiast and a passionate writer in the field of information technology, cyber security, and blockchain

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