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Medibank Hit With Fourth Class Action

Law firm Baker & McKenzie has launched what is the fourth class action lawsuit against Medibank in relation to the disastrous hack last October.

The class action was filed in the Federal Court yesterday, with claims the health insurer contravened Australian Consumer Law.

“Medibank understands that these proceedings have been brought on behalf of current and former customers in relation to the cybercrime event Medibank has previously reported and are being brought by Baker & McKenzie and funded by Omni Bridgeway,” Medibank said.

This joins separate suits by firms Maurice Blackburn, Bannister Law, and Centennial Lawyers.

The October breach saw hackers steal personal information from 9.7 million current and former customers of Medibank and AHM, including names, dates of birth, addresses, claims data, health records, phone numbers and email addresses.

After a $14.3 million ransom demand, the hackers dumped the entire dataset onto the dark web.

“Medibank continues to support its customers from the impact of this crime through our previously announced Cyber Response Support Program which includes mental health and wellbeing support, identity protection and financial hardship measures,” the company said.

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