Factbox-Australia Inc caught up in a series of cyberattacks this year According to Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a mobile phone as she walks past an Optus store in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2018. REUTERS / Daniel Munoz


(Reuters) – Australian companies have suffered a spate of cyberattacks, bringing to the attention of the country’s under-employed cybersecurity industry which experts say appears ill-equipped to deal with it. address such attacks, thereby jeopardizing the sensitive information of millions of people.

Here is a list of companies that have been affected by the data breach so far this year:


Australia’s second-largest mobile operator and a Singapore telecom unit were the first to report a data breach affecting 10 million customers, about 40% of the nation’s population. The data revealed includes home addresses, driver’s licenses and passport numbers.


Health insurer Medibank Private, which covers around one in six Australians, says substantial and personal claims about the health of some 9.7 million of its current and former customers have been compromised. compromised, forcing it to flag earnings impact and withdraw the forecast for a Metric key.


Woolworths Group Ltd, Australia’s largest grocery retailer, said its majority-owned online retailer MyDeal had determined that “compromised user credentials” were used to hacked into their systems, exposing the email addresses, phone numbers and shipping addresses of some 2.2 million customers.


Australian Clinical Labs Ltd, one of the country’s largest medical providers, said its Medlab unit was hit by a breach that exposed the data of some 223,000 patients.


Australia’s largest telecom operator Telstra (OTC:) has suffered what it calls a minor data breach that exposed the data of around 30,000 current and former employees since 2017.


IT services consulting firm Dailog, another unit of Telecom Singapore, said it faced a cyber attack that likely affected 1,000 current and former employees and fewer than 20 customers.


Australia’s Assistant Defense Minister Matt Thistlethwaite said hackers had targeted a communications platform used by the country’s military and defense personnel with a ransomware attack, but no data was available. violated.


Skin and hair care products maker BWX Limited says a malicious code that was “illegally” entered on one of its websites may have compromised credit card numbers and expiration dates of about 2,500 client.


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