HighlightsMembers’ updatesFebruary 7, 2023Optus data breach incident far from over

PrivacyRules Australian law firm member Macpherson Kelley published an interesting article on the recent Optus’ data breach.

Recent Optus developments demonstrate just how far these incidents can spread:

  • On 8 November 2022, Optus offered its customers a free 12 month subscription to Equifax Protect, to assist in credit monitoring and identity protection. This was offered in an attempt to limit the risk of identity theft and financial loss.
  • Only 3 days later, on 11 November 2022, Optus warned of an SMS phishing campaign targeting individuals impacted by its recent cyberattack. Affected individuals have received an SMS claiming to be from Equifax, which aligns with Optus’ offer. However, the link is actually a malicious link, asking individuals to verify their identity using credit card information.

Read Macpherson Kelley’s article to get a quick update on the Optus data breach.