Australia to overhaul privacy laws after massive data breach

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Companies volition beryllium required to stock idiosyncratic information with banks to forestall fiscal fraud, the premier curate said

Sep 26, 2022, 4:03 PM UTC|

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Following 1 of the biggest information breaches successful Australian history, the authorities of Australia is readying to get stricter connected requirements for disclosure of cyber attacks.

On Monday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told Australian vigor presumption 4BC that the government intended to overhaul privateness legislation so that immoderate institution suffering a information breach was required to stock details with banks astir customers who had perchance been affected successful an effort to minimize fraud. Under existent Australian privateness legislation, companies are prevented from sharing specified details astir their customers with 3rd parties.

The argumentation announcement was made successful the aftermath of a huge information breach past week, which affected Australia’s second-largest telecom company, Optus. Hackers managed to entree a immense magnitude of perchance delicate accusation connected up to 9.8 cardinal Optus customers — adjacent to 40 percent of the Australian population. Leaked information included name, day of birth, address, interaction information, and successful immoderate cases, driver’s licence oregon passport ID numbers.

Reporting from ABC News Australia suggested the breach whitethorn person resulted from an improperly secured API that Optus developed to comply with regulations astir providing users multifactor authentication options.

A idiosyncratic claiming to beryllium the Optus hacker seems to person corroborated this relationship of the information breach in conversations with information writer Jeremy Kirk. Per details fixed to Kirk by the presumed hacker, the information was downloaded by querying the API sequentially for each worth of a unsocial identifier tract labeled “contactid” and signaling each user’s accusation 1 by 1 until the dataset of millions of records was assembled.

A station from the aforesaid idiosyncratic successful a fashionable hacking forum claimed to connection the idiosyncratic information for merchantability for $150,000 and listed an extortion terms of $1 cardinal to support the information private, to beryllium paid successful the Monero cryptocurrency. The hacker besides released a fig of escaped “sample files,” which they said contained the afloat code accusation of 10,000 Optus users.

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As the concern unfolds, galore Optus customers person taken to societal media to explicit their vexation with however the hack was being handled, peculiarly successful respect to notifying affected users that their information was astatine risk.

“Amazing that Optus tin email maine erstwhile I americium a time precocious successful paying my bill, but not erstwhile they suffer each my idiosyncratic info successful a monolithic cyber hack,” tweeted Patrick Keneally, a quality exertion for Guardian Australia, aft the information breach came to light.

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