Australian cellphone owners at risk of identity theft


Australian cellphone operator Optus has reported a major cybersecurity breach that could have serious implications. A successful hacking means that the data of up to 10 million customers may have been stolen by criminals.

What happened?
According to Optus, routine monitoring detected suspicious activity on their network. The cybersecurity team activated their response plans and managed to shut down the attack – but not before the hackers had managed to steal some sensitive information.

For affected individuals, these personal details included:

Date of birth
Phone numbers
Email address(es)
Postal address
ID document numbers, such as passport or driving license

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