Millions of Optus customers hit by major cyber attack

22/09/2022 7:56:00 AM

Optus has been hit with a major cyberattack which has compromised the personal information of up to nine million customers across the country.

The personal information of up to nine million Australians could be compromised, after one of the country's largest telecommunications company was hit by cyberattack on Thursday.

Optus has been hit with a major cyberattack which has compromised the personal information of up to nine million customers across the country.

The cyberattack is believed to have stolen the personal details of about 2.About seven million people’s dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers were stolen.to save articles for later.to save articles for later.

8 million customers, the Australian reported, including their passport and driver's license numbers, email and home addresses, date of birth and phone numbers.Payment detail and account passwords have not been compromised.“We are devastated to discover that we have been subject to a cyberattack that has resulted in the disclosure of our customers’ personal information to someone who shouldn’t see it,” Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said.Optus confirmed the cyberattack in a statement on Thursday afternoon and said it was investigating the"possible unauthorised access of current and former customers' information".“We do need to go ahead and cancel your card and send you a new card."Upon discovering this, Optus immediately shut down the attack," the company said in a statement.“While not everyone may be affected and our investigation is not yet complete, we want all of our customers to be aware of what has happened as soon as possible so that they can increase their vigilance.Optus confirmed the cyberattack in a statement on Thursday..

Picture: Getty Images "Optus is working with the Australian Cyber Security Centre to mitigate any risks to customers.“Optus has also notified key financial institutions about this matter,” Rosmarin said.I do need to take you through quick security just to confirm I’m speaking to the account holder." The telco company has also notified the Australian Federal Police, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and key regulators."We are devastated to discover that we have been subject to a cyberattack that has resulted in the disclosure of our customers' personal information to someone who shouldn't see it," Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said.” A spokesperson for Minister for Cybersecurity Clare O’Neil told 7NEWS they are aware of a recent cybersecurity incident affecting Optus Australia."As soon as we knew, we took action to block the attack and began an immediate investigation.The woman – a New Zealand customer of Westpac bank – would later find out that the man who had called was actually a scammer.While not everyone may be affected and our investigation is not yet complete, we want all of our customers to be aware of what has happened as soon as possible so that they can increase their vigilance.“Specific enquiries relating to this incident should be directed to Optus Australia.In one of an increasing number of sophisticated impersonation scams, he had already fraudulently obtained her card number, name and address, and was trying to trick her into providing him with a confirmation code, so he could make payments from her account.

"We are very sorry and understand customers will be concerned.Please be assured that we are working hard, and engaging with all the relevant authorities and organisations to help safeguard our customers as much as possible..While the woman in the call did not lose any money (Westpac’s actual fraud monitoring system picked up the payment and blocked it), the ACCC’s Scamwatch estimates about $2 billion was lost through scams last year, more than double the $851 million lost in 2020." An Optus spokesperson told SkyNews.com..au it is notifying all customers of the cyberattack, even though some of them would not be impacted.Westpac general manager for fraud prevention and financial crime Chris Whittingham said “call spoofing” – where scammers use software to mask their phone number with the number of a known business – was a commonly employed tactic in impersonation scams.Westpac general manager for fraud prevention and financial crime Chris Whittingham said “call spoofing” – where scammers use software to mask their phone number with the number of a known business – was a commonly employed tactic in impersonation scams.

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