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Confusion grows over Medicare breach


Revelations continue to emerge about the apparent security breach that led to Medicare card numbers of Australians being sold on the ‘dark web’. Picture: AAP

GOVERNMENT departments warned staff not to accept Medicare cards as a form of identity proof after reports surfaced that card numbers were being sold on the dark web.

An internal memo sent to Australian Taxation Office staff yesterday advised them not to accept Medicare cards as proof of identity “until further notice”.

“As a result of recent media coverage on Medicare Card details being sold on the dark web, the Medicare card has been removed from the list of DVS documents until further notice,” the email said, according to an extract obtained by The Guardian.

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An internal memo sent to Australian Taxation Office staff yesterday advised them not to accept Medicare cards as proof of identity.Source:News Corp Australia

“Effective immediately do not accept this item of proof as of the PORO (Proof of Record Ownership) pro…

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