Optus, an Australian unit of Singapore Telecom Ltd., said it was the victim of a cyberattack. This would have allowed massive theft of personal data that could include dates of birth,…
Optus, an Australian unit of Singapore Telecom Ltd., said it was the victim of a cyberattack. This would have allowed massive theft of personal data which could include Dates of birthAnd phone numbersAnd Email addresses as Passport numbers et al Driving License.
A cyber attack worries the Australian authorities
The origin of this cyber attack remains unclear, and no ransom was demanded. Kelly Baer-Rosmarine, CEO, Optus, male What ” Reaching 9.8 million customer accounts is the worst possible scenario James Patterson, a member of the opposition party, said the apparent theft of much personal information from Optus was Particularly worrying. He also referred to this leak as The largest in the country for some time.
A spokeswoman for the Minister for Cyber Security, Claire O’Neill, reports that the federal government’s Australian Cyber Security Center was aware of the cyber attack. Independently, the Australian Federal Police have reported that they will be working with Optus.” To obtain the crucial information and evidence needed to conduct this complex criminal investigation At the present hour, It is safe to say that this is a sufficiently detailed attack that it was carried out by a group of “professional” hackers.Whether it is supported by the state or not.
Anti-piracy measures already in place
For several years now, Australia has faced regular attempts to access confidential data. This encouraged its leaders to increase investments to counter these various attacks.
In 2019, hackers sought access to Parliament’s computer network, but were denied access before they could access classified information. According to the Australian government, there are other companies based in Australia I was definitely affected by this cyber attack. However, none had as much personal information about their users as the country’s second largest telecom operator.
Optus’ CEO explains that, by law, the company must retain customer data for six years And that it will work to identify all customers affected by this cyber attack.