Hi Everyone,

I  have been  busy as of late  with  preparations  for  intensive  training so for right  now, blogs  may be sparse.

I  really  miss  putting  them  out, so  here’s  another  one  I  came  across  a  few weeks  ago.

Remember I  spoke to you about  compromised  information  held by a  business. Cyber  security  is  very  sketchy.

Notice  in the following  article, the  author  states  that  stolen  passports  will be  reissued. Also, multi  jurisdictional  protection  offered, recall  how  law  enforcement  doesn’t usually  cross  state  lines. I  also  highlight  the  2.8  million  drivers  licenses  that  were  compromised.

Licenses  may also  show  date of birth, address, which  can then be used to look up more info on the net.

When  you read  these  stories, please be aware of the  damage  the stolen  info can do to the victim.

Stay Safe.

Thank you,  Deb


Police say hacker concealed ID in Australian privacy breach. By: Associated Press. CANBERRA, Australia >> The computer hacker who stole personal data of almost 10 million customers of a telecommunications company in one of Australia’s worst privacy breaches used techniques to conceal their identity, actions and whereabouts, police said on Friday.  Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Justine Gough, who heads cyber investigations, said the international probe, that includes the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, into the Optus cyberattack last week would be “long and complex.”  “You can be assured that our very clever and dedicated cyber investigators are focused on delivering justice for those whose personal information has been compromised,” Gough said. The government blames lax cybersecurity at Optus, Australia’s second-largest wireless carrier, for the theft of current and former customers’ personal information.  Cybersecurity Minister Clare O’Neil described the crime as “quite a basic hack. She said Optus, a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., also known as Singtel, had “effectively left the window open for data of this nature to be stolen.” Optus maintains it was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack that penetrated several layers of security. Gough declined to say whether the crime fitted the description of “sophisticated” or “basic”. “I’m not going to go into the details as to the attack because … it is subject of our ongoing investigation,” Gough said. “But I would say that whoever is behind this attack has used obfuscation techniques to conceal their identity, their location and their activity,” she added. While details of 9.8 million Optus customers were stolen, authorities are most concerned for more than 10,000 customers whose records were dumped on the dark web on Tuesday as part of an extortion attempt. The hacker later withdrew a $1 million ransom demand in a post that apologized for the crime and claimed that all the stolen data had been destroyed. Experts are skeptical.  Gough declined to say whether any further extortion attempt had been made, but she announced police forces throughout Australia had combined resources to “supercharge” the protection of the 10,000 who are most vulnerable to identify theft and fraud. Police are also working with the finance and services sectors to detect fraud. “Customers affected by the breach will receive multijurisdictional and multilayered protection from identity crime and financial fraud,” Gough said. Operation Guardian will eventually extend to the next-most vulnerable tier of customers, the 2.8 million who have had their driver’s license and passport numbers stolen. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Optus had agreed to pay to replace the passports of compromised customers. “I think that’s entirely appropriate,” Albanese said.

Deborah E Joyce 



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