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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Data breaches impact Australian health insurer, wine merchant, university Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 7 Dec. 2023



  • Two hundred gigabytes of data belonging to Australian health insurer Medibank was stolen in a data breach, including personally identifiable information, ABC News reports. The hacker threatened to sell the data to third parties.
  • The personal data of nearly 500,000 customers of wine retailer Vinomofo was exposed after an unauthorized third party accessed the company’s database, InfoSecurity Magazine reports. Security expert Troy Hunt published a letter to customers stating names, birth dates, addresses and phone numbers may have been exposed.
  • A software glitch of a database containing personal details of University of Otago exposed the information to anyone with a current university email, RNZ reports. Approximately 23 students accessed data and the university said it is working to determine what information was seen and who may have been affected.
  • Online retailer MyDeal, a subsidiary of Australian company Woolworths Group, said 2.2 million customers’ names, email addresses, phone numbers and delivery addresses were exposed in a breach of its customer relationship management system, Cybernews reports.

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