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Australia's Optus caught in massive cyberattack

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Male photographer by any chance?

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China?

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10 million?? Wow! Over 1/3 of the aussie population.

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Yay!

trickle down economics !

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Chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said on Friday she was angry and sorry that an offshore-based entity had broken into the company's database of customer information, accessing home addresses, drivers license and passport numbers of the equivalent to 40% of Australia's population.

Wow 40%!

Anyway why does a telecon company have the drivers license and passport numbers of the customers?

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Putins minions are cyber mayhem masters .

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Anyway why does a telecon company have the drivers license and passport numbers of the customers?

Required by law

Which is now being questioned.

It should have been questioned about 15 years ago.....

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Required by law

Which is now being questioned.

It should have been questioned about 15 years ago.....

Thanks.

Occurred to me but thought it unlikely since then one has to have a driver's license or passport to get a number.

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Occurred to me but thought it unlikely since then one has to have a driver's license or passport to get a number.

They'll take government ID as well.

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They'll take government ID as well.

Has to be a Photo ID doesnt it. So really, a proof of age card is the only other option...

I dont think you can use a Medicare card exclusively? Thats about it for government ID's in Aus for most.

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China?

Right now Optus ( why do I want to keep calling them Octopus ? ) is claiming the hack probably came from a foreign nation but probably not China. None of the cybersecurity firms I am familiar with are saying anything about the hack in public so for now we are left guessing.

What I find astounding is that Australia requires people to produce ID to get a phone number. That requirement is a huge invitation for cyber criminals or adversary foreign powers to compromise that data. I have never had to produce any kind of ID to a phone number.

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What I find astounding is that Australia requires people to produce ID to get a phone number. That requirement is a huge invitation for cyber criminals or adversary foreign powers to compromise that data. I have never had to produce any kind of ID to a phone number.

Its all due to the security community. They just want an easy way to identify somebody if they pick up a potential threat via their communications. Thats what they tell Australians of course.

I think the removal of requiring a photo ID is an obvious first step. That eliminates the need for drivers licence, passport etc. You can sitll identify people based on utility bills and other invoices with an address. You show your photo ID at the time of getting a new account with a non photo ID, but only the non photo ID is stored, if something must be stored.

Using a passport in particular should be the absolute last and unpreferred option.

But what about bank accounts? Require 100 points, which means your nearly always showing some form of very important ID to get a bank account.....

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