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The Second-Largest Telco Company In Australia Has Disclosed A Significant Data Breach

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Optus, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, has revealed that a cyberattack on its networks exposed current and previous customer data. According to a press release, the breach compromised an undefined amount of customer names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, and addresses, as well as identity document numbers such as driver’s licenses or passport numbers.

There was no mention of when the incident occurred. With around 10 million users, Optus is the country’s second-largest carrier and a subsidiary of Singapore-owned Singtel. Optus is the most recent big telco to be hacked in recent years. TechCrunch reported in 2015 that Telstra’s undersea cable provider Pacnet’s internal network had been infiltrated, with hackers gaining access to its email and other internal business systems.

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