Almost 10 million Australians victims of a massive data hack

This data includes customer names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, email addresses, and certain passport and driver’s license numbers.

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The personal data of nearly ten million Australian subscribers may have been compromised by the massive hack of the country’s second largest telecoms operator, the company revealed on Friday (Sep 23). Chief Executive Officer of Optus, Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, said the cyberattack was the work of people “experienced” and that it had facilitated access to information for 9.8 million users, in a country that in 2021 had 25 million inhabitants.

This data includes customer names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, email addresses, and certain passport and driver’s license numbers. According to the Singapore-based company, no passwords or banking information were hacked.

The origin of the attack is unclear and no ransom has been demanded, the CEO said. added without knowing “what [les pirates informatiques] intend to do with this data”. The hack was discovered earlier in the week, but Optus did not say when it was done. Australian authorities have warned victims of this hack against possible identity theft.

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