Sensitive details about virtually 10 million Australian telecoms subscribers could have been compromised by an enormous hack of the nation’s second-largest supplier, the agency revealed Friday.
Optus chief government Kelly Bayer Rosmarin stated a “sophisticated” actor was behind a cyberattack, which gained entry to details about as much as 9.8 million customers.
The information accessed included prospects’ names, dates of start, telephone numbers and electronic mail addresses, in addition to some driver’s licence and passport numbers.
No passwords or financial institution particulars had been taken, in line with the Singapore-owned agency.
It isn’t but clear whether or not the assault got here from a state-based or legal organisation, however Bayer Rosmarin stated no ransom demand had been made.
“It’s too early to rule out any possibility,” she stated, including that police and the Australian authorities had been investigating. “We don’t yet know who these attackers are and what they want to do with this information.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned Australians who had been probably impacted – a quantity that matches virtually half the nation’s inhabitants – that they might be vulnerable to identification theft.
“Optus customers should take immediate steps to secure all of their accounts, particularly their bank and financial accounts. You should also monitor for unusual activity on your accounts and watch out for contact by scammers,” the watchdog stated.
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