Police investigate large-scale healthcare data breach


Federal police are investigating after an Australian health business was targeted in a large-scale ransomware data breach.

Australia’s National Cyber Security Coordinator, Lieutenant General Michelle McGuinness, said an unnamed “commercial health information organisation” was the victim of the breach.

“I am working with agencies across the Australian government, states and territories to co-ordinate a whole-of-government response to this incident,” she said.

Lieutenant General Michelle McGuinness.

Lieutenant General Michelle McGuinness.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

“The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre is aware of the incident and the Australian Federal Police is investigating.

“We are in the very preliminary stages of our response and there is limited detail to share at this stage, but I will continue to provide updates as we progress, while working closely with the affected commercial organisation to address the impacts caused by the incident.”

More to come.

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