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The millions of Aussies impacted by the Optus hack could be given new Medicare numbers as the federal government takes action to help those embroiled in one of the worst tech breaches to hit Australia in recent years.

As the government prepares to introduce new cybersecurity measures, Mr Albanese said the new protections would mean banks and other institutions would be informed much faster when a breach happened so personal data could not be used.

Netflix, the world's biggest subscription video service with more than 192 million paying members, was increasingly an outlier among its rivals by offering a month-long free trial. As a raft of new rival services have launched in the last year, many set their free trial periods at a single week, including  and NBCUniversal's Disney Plus, as strong growth lifted its number of subscribers above its initial projections way earlier than expected, stopped offering free trials altogether in June. 

The end of free trials in the US was reported earlier Tuesday by TV Answer Man.  "We're looking at different marketing promotions in the United States to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience," a Netflix spokeswoman said Tuesday.

'Victims of the Optus cyber hack should not have to wait or pay significant amounts of fees to secure their personal information, and obtain a new passport,' Liberal senator James Paterson said in a statement.

'The South Australian State Government will waive the usual replacement fee for South Australians requiring a new driver's licence as a result of the recent Optus data breach,' Premier Peter Malinauskas said in a statement.

Netflix has ended free trials for new customers in the US, after years of giving away the first month of its service free. Newer rivals tend to offer shorter free-trial periods, though some of Netflix's biggest, longstanding competitors still offer an introductory month free.  The streaming service's US sign-up page said trials are no longer available, with Netflix instead touting how it lets you cancel anytime at no cost.

The company said the data was not easily accessible and told employees it had taken action to prevent the third party continuing to access G4S systems and was working with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

The data obtained included employee names, addresses, dates of birth, contact details, police and medical checks, tax file numbers, bank account details, superannuation information, Medicare numbers and licence details.

'This is the real challenge for investigators right now, they want to find this person, because this person is perpetrating extortion against an international company, and is in possession of a huge amount of personal data,' he said.

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'It's deeply unfortunate that we were only notified that Medicare details were included in that data breach in the last 24 hours or so,' Mr Butler told ABC Radio National Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Around 1.2 million customers have had at least one number from a current and valid form of identification, and personal information compromised, including 150,000 from passports and 50,000 from Medicare cards.