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Australia imposes cyber sanctions on Russian it says ransomwared health insurer

January 23, 2024

Australia’s government has used the “significant cyber incidents” sanctions regime it introduced in 2021 for the first time, against a Russian named Aleksandr Gennadievich Ermakov whom authorities have deemed responsible for the 2022 attack on health insurer Medibank Private.

The 2022 incident saw Medibank attacked by ransomware, and data on around ten million customers leaked, some of it to the dark web. Stolen info included details of medical treatments undergone by around half a million Medibank Private customers. The names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 9.7 million customers were also stolen.

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