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Video stunt by pro-Putin Medibank customer posted by Russian group

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“This company, Medibank Private, really should be named Medibank Public,” Mr Boikov says in the video, before police arrive and tell him to leave.

Mr Boikov later posted a video on YouTube saying he was contacted by the hackers requesting to post his video to their blog.

“Hello! Perfect video. You show everyone what Medibank has to do, do you mind if we post your video on our blog?” the email and Telegram message purportedly reads.

The hackers also say they will “delete/not post” one of Mr Boikov’s family member’s information.

Mr Boikov, who in the video also welcomes Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican candidacy, then goes on to implore the hackers not to post information from “ordinary” Australians and to instead focus on politicians.

Although the AFP has not directly blamed the Medibank hack on the Russian state, it is widely believed that its authorities allow ransomware gangs to operate there to help fund its war efforts.

At Wednesday’s annual meeting in Melbourne, Medibank chairman Mike Wilkins reiterated the company’s decision not to pay the ransom, which was also supported by shareholders present.

Mr Wilkins said Deloitte had been commissioned to investigate the incident and said “consequences” would flow from it, but dismissed talk of chief executive David Koczkar or himself stepping down as “speculation”.

Medibank directors pocketed big fees at the meeting, and Mr Koczkar was awarded a $1.64 million pay increase, taking his pay alone to $3.76 million. Mr Koczkar was also granted $2.32 million in performance rights.

Shareholders expressed their frustration about the company’s communications to customers, the length of time it had taken to be informed that their data was stolen and said it was not good enough that they have had to rely on the media for updates.

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