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Australia’s Health System Prime Target for Hacks, Minister Says

Jan. 23, 2023, 2:01 AM

Australia’s hospitals and health care system are at a high risk from cyberattackers targeting citizens’ personal data, the home affairs minister said, adding the country needed to step up its efforts to combat hacking attempts.

Speaking ahead of an international cybersecurity meeting due to be held in Australia within months, Clare O’Neil told Bloomberg News that while protecting citizens’ data was a “core national issue” for the new Labor government, more work needed to be done to end Australia’s perception as a “soft target.”

Clare O’Neil
Photographer: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

“The question is, are we tackling the cybersecurity threat with an energy level commensurate to ...