One of Australia's largest private testing laboratories announced a data breach affecting 223,000 Australians. Ransomware-as-a-service group Quantum took credit for the incident, posting an 86-gigabyte file in June. "There is no evidence of misuse of any of the information," says Medlab Pathology.
Artificial intelligence-driven technology purporting to recognize human emotional states "may not work yet, or indeed ever," said U.K. Deputy Information Commissioner Stephen Bonner. The office predicts greater commercial use of behavioral analysis in products over the next two to three years.
The U.K. Information Commissioner levied a nearly $5 million fine against Interserve Group Limited for its lack of security protections in the run-up to a 2020 ransomware attack. The firm kept employee data on servers running obsolete versions of Windows and used outdated antivirus software.
Is Australia's data breach wave a coincidence, bad luck or intentional targeting? Maybe all three. But the security weaknesses that have led to the incidents are not exotic. And the people behind these attacks are most likely workaday cybercriminals, not top-level nation-state attackers.
The Federal Police of Brazil arrested a lead suspect behind a December 2021 incident that temporarily disrupted access to novel coronavirus vaccination data. The suspect, arrested in the city of Feira de Santana, is an alleged member of the multinational and teenager-dominated Lapsus$ hacking group.
Australia's largest private health insurer has transformed over a week from being confident that it repelled a cyber incident to being apologetic after disclosing that hackers got away with up to 200 gigabytes of customer data. Australian Federal Police are investigating the incident at Medibank.
Australian health insurer Medibank says it received a ransomware demand from hackers asserting to have stolen data during a cybersecurity incident the company detected on Oct. 12. "Based on our ongoing forensic investigation we are treating the matter seriously at this time," the company says.
Personal data from MyDeal, a marketplace owned by Australia's Woolworths Group grocery chain, has appeared for sale on a data leak forum. It comes as wine retailer Vinomofo disclosed a breach and as the Optus telecommunications breach continues to fuel data security concerns in Australia.
Australian health insurer Medibank told investors it stopped a probable ransomware attack before the attack could steal data or maliciously encrypt its systems. Australia has been undergoing an apparent spate of data breaches that continues with a breach of email addresses at e-commerce site MyDeal.
Australian health insurer Medibank Group says it has found no evidence of data compromise following its Wednesday detection of unusual network activity. The company, which serves nearly 4 million Australians, restored access to its policy websites on Friday.
Two Australian regulatory agencies are investigating the telecommunications company behind the country's second-largest data breach, affecting approximately 10 million people. Optus could face millions of dollars in fines from probes into the firm's privacy and data retention practices.
Police arrested a teenager in his suburban Sydney home for allegedly attempting to extort AU$2,000 from victims of the Optus data breach. The unnamed 19-year-old allegedly threatened to conduct financial crimes using the information of 93 individuals unless he received a payout.
Australia's Optus telco is facing a $1 million extortion demand to prevent the release of up to 11.2 million sensitive customer records. The data appears to be legitimate. The attacker tells Information Security Media Group an unauthenticated API led to the breach.
Australian telecommunications giant Optus is warning that current and former customers' personal details were exposed, including some driver's license and passport details, but no passwords or financial details, after it suffered a major data breach.