Millions of current and former Optus members have potentially been subject to a serious data breach as hackers have accessed users’ personal information. Optus notified the public on Thursday, 22 September 2022 that up to 2.8 million users’ information, including telephone numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, potentially licence numbers and passport details have been exposed. In 2022 it is not uncommon to hear of data breaches. Just this year in Australia we have seen cyber-attacks on the Australian Parliament House, Western Australian Parliament house, transport giant Uber, Canva and Australian major universities and hospitals.
Although, in a statement on Thursday, the Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin stated they’re “not aware of any harm suffered” by users, you and your organisation can take important steps to protect yourself and your business. The Cyber Security Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has encouraged all Australians to monitor their devices and take precautions. Considering increasing cyber-attacks, it is vital to be informed and prepared.
The concern is that such an array of information could be used by hackers and those who obtain the information, for activities such as identity theft.
Lavan suggest you take immediate steps:
Monitoring your devices is important to ensure that your data is being protected. Any suspicious activity should not be overlooked. Optus have provided platforms and other services that can assist you with protecting yourself from a cyber-attack:
Cyber-attacks happen for a multitude of differing reasons such as extortion, identity theft or even for political ends however, Optus are currently unaware of the motives for this attack. Therefore, being vigilant and pro-active is important.
Australian organisations and business are experiencing a significant increase in cyber-attacks due to exploitation of technical vulnerabilities and action must be taken to protect yourself and businesses’ data. Lavan has extensive experience in assisting with cyber-attack response plans and policies. If you or your organisation need a cyber-attack policy or response plan, contact Andrew Sutton or Iain Freeman today on (08) 9288 6000 or email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org.