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COLOSSAL Cyber Security Breach in Australia

Postby Australian rePublic » Tue Sep 27, 2022 1:33 am

https://amp.abc.net.au/article/101476232

So OPTUS, Australia's second largest telecommunications had the personal information details of 9 million customers, past and present stolen by a hacker. To put this into perspective, Optus has 9.5 million current customers, and Australia has fewer than 26 million people all up. This means that more than 35% of all Australians have potentially had their data stolen. THIRTY FIVE PERCENT. The hacker in question stole the personal information of OPTUS customers such as passport information, driver's licence numbers, etc. Demanding a $1,000,000 ransom from OPTUS. This has lead to a huge investigation by Australian FEDERAL authorities and (for some reason) the FBI in the USA is involved. According to the dark web, the hacker supposedly decided to delete all the stolen information, and ditch the ransom, however, people are supposedly getting texts from the hacker threatening to leak their info to the dark web, unless they pay $2000. This is such a colossal matter that both major political parties are working together, bipartisan, to see what went wrong and to pass future laws to prevent such attacks, and potentially prosecute OPTUS for this one. It's also quite possible that fradulent credit cards have been setting up in the victim's names.
Optus is 100% owned by Singapore based company, SingTel, executives of which have flown over to Optus HQ in Sydney for an emergency meeting. This an ever evolving story, so I'll keep you updated with news as I come across it.

Many people (myself included) are demanding to know why Optus holds on to customer information like passport info and driver's licences for years after the connection has been created, including those of former customers. Anyways, NSG, what do you guys think?
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Postby Eahland » Tue Sep 27, 2022 9:38 am

Why the hell does a telecommunications company even have passport and driver's license info?
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Postby Emotional Support Crocodile » Tue Sep 27, 2022 10:06 am

North Korea perhaps.
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Postby Ayytaly » Tue Sep 27, 2022 12:18 pm

Eahland wrote:Why the hell does a telecommunications company even have passport and driver's license info?


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Postby Australian rePublic » Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:16 pm

Eahland wrote:Why the hell does a telecommunications company even have passport and driver's license info?

Probably you need that information when creating an account. Not sure if it's true, but from what I've heard, it goes back to the days of the Bali bombings, a massive terrorist attack in Indonesia killing thousands of Australians, where the bombers used untraceable phones hidden behind anonymity, so now every phone number has to be able to be traced back to the owner. A better question is why did they hang on to the data after creating an account?
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Postby Mathuvan Union » Wed Sep 28, 2022 6:31 am

Eahland wrote:Why the hell does a telecommunications company even have passport and driver's license info?

In short summary, from what I’ve understood from SBS and the ABC, the data was collected as part of verification by Optus when creating an account, which once served its purpose (ie verified stuff) has to be destroyed according to the law. Optus then did some test thing in their cybersecurity which some bloke just waltzed in on and stole all of the data.
Basically, Optus where quite naughty and now everyone has to buy a new passport and get new license plates.
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Postby James_xenoland » Thu Sep 29, 2022 7:15 am

And some people still pretend like ideas to force real ID use and archiving online and on social media, isn't a disaster waiting to happen. (well like it isn't a bigger one than it already is by default) The most insane idea is to force CC or ID use for certain types of online content. Insanity!
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Postby Chan Island » Thu Sep 29, 2022 8:31 am

So what was the security like at Optus? Because if it was shoddy, then heads should roll. But if it was actually good, then we definitely have a serious hacker on our hands, who could be a danger to others in the cyberspace.
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Postby Australian rePublic » Thu Sep 29, 2022 4:56 pm

Chan Island wrote:So what was the security like at Optus? Because if it was shoddy, then heads should roll. But if it was actually good, then we definitely have a serious hacker on our hands, who could be a danger to others in the cyberspace.

The hacker asked for a laughably measly $1,000,000 and gave up the whole operation because the heat was on. I don't know for sure, but that screams armature hour to me
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Postby Fractalnavel » Thu Sep 29, 2022 5:13 pm

Australian rePublic wrote:... armature hour ...


dammit, i got nothin'...

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Postby Senkaku » Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:50 pm

Fractalnavel wrote:
Australian rePublic wrote:... armature hour ...


dammit, i got nothin'...

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Postby Eahland » Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:52 pm

Fractalnavel wrote:
Australian rePublic wrote:... armature hour ...


dammit, i got nothin'...

It was a frame job.
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