Posted October 27, 2018 06:04:56A major breach of a major telecommunications company has revealed massive personal data that includes personal details for up to 30 million people, including names, email addresses, birth dates and telephone numbers.
Key points:The breach has affected some of the world’s biggest data brokers and providers, including Australia’s leading provider, Aussie Privacy Network and New Zealand’s data brokersAussie Privacy Group has warned that there are now “potentially serious” cyber-attacks being prepared by attackers to “target” the public at largeThe Australian Privacy Group (APG) has warned Australians of a potential cyber-attack being prepared for the public to launch a cyber-strike.
The APG said the data breach has compromised a significant number of financial and personal information and may well result in the loss of people’s financial and other private information.
“The data breach at AussiePrivacyGroup.com is an enormous breach of data for millions of Australians, but the APG is now working with a number of data brokers to identify, protect and defend against the attack,” APG CEO Simon Dyer said.
“We’re not aware of any significant attempts by attackers or malicious actors to compromise a single individual, so there’s no real threat to the public.”
A number of online services have suffered massive data breaches in recent years, including social media services such as Facebook and Twitter, but there is no indication of any similar attacks being planned against financial information, the APA said.
In response to the APGs report, the Federal Government announced that it was considering legal action against the Australian Privacy Network for breaching consumer protection laws, a move which could be viewed as a veiled attack on the APN.
“While there is clearly a significant threat to Australian privacy, there is a much larger threat to individuals’ privacy, as well as to public confidence in the Australian legal system,” the APPA said in a statement.
“At a time when cyber attacks against Australian businesses are growing, the threat to personal information is of particular concern.”APNP president and CEO Peter Leach said the Government’s action was a response to a growing national concern about cyber-security.
“Our response has been to raise awareness of the risk posed by cyber attacks, and to offer a range of services and protections,” he said.
But the Government also announced that a review into the APNP’s cyber security practices would begin within weeks.APNP general manager of operations Chris Rutter said the APP was working to identify and protect data in the breach and to identify ways to minimise the risk.”APNP has been made aware of a serious cyber-assault being prepared,” Mr Rutter told the ABC.
“A new team is currently being formed to review the APAP’s compliance with all relevant data privacy and data protection obligations.”
He said the company was currently in contact with law enforcement, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Cybercrime Commission.
“There are a number measures that we are taking to minimising the risk of further cyber attacks,” Mr Lutter said.
Mr Rutter also said the AFP was monitoring the threat posed by the breach, with an ASIC investigation being undertaken.
“If we find that the breaches have been successful, we will work with the ASIC to take appropriate action, including seeking warrants for access to relevant data,” he told the Australian Financial Press.
“In the event of a breach of this magnitude, it would be appropriate to take action to stop or mitigate the risk.”APN has not responded to requests for comment.
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