Government’s promise to replace ALL driver’s licenses lost in the big data breach

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Government’s promise to replace ALL driver’s licenses lost in the big data breach

Aus government vowed to replace all driver’s licenses that were stolen in a massive data breach

The government’s promise to replace ALL driver’s licenses lost in the big data breach is a huge lifeline for Optus victims, and the hacker sensationally apologizes for the stolen data. The governments of NSW, VIC, and QLD will replace stolen licenses at no cost. Passports, driver’s licenses, and Medicare numbers are examples of personal information. All driver’s licenses affected by Optus’ extensive data leak will be replaced, according to state governments throughout Australia.

After a hacker broke into the system of the telecommunications giant and stole the information of its present and previous clients, up to 10 million Australians are at risk of having their private and sensitive information sold online. On Tuesday night, Victor Dominello, the NSW Minister for Digital and Customer Service, announced that they would pay the $29 replacement fee for licensees affected by internet spying. Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said that her administration would likewise cover all license adjustments, while the Department of Transport in Victoria will send the cost directly to the telco.

Mr Dominello stated that Optus would be getting in touch with its clients who required a new license in the upcoming days. A temporary card number will be supplied to New South Wales residents who have digital driving licenses instantly through the Service NSW app.  Within 10 business days, a new plastic license card will be supplied. Anybody worried that their identity may have been compromised should call ID Support NSW at 1800 001 040.

Government’s promise to replace ALL driver’s licenses: Customers are receiving threatening

Customers are receiving threatening text messages demanding they pay $2,000 to have their personal information erased while the hacker who claimed responsibility for the data leak suddenly apologized for the cyber-attack. Tuesday morning, “Optus data” stated there were “too many eyes” on them and that they would not sell or release the breached data of up to 10 million Australians.

My deepest apologies to Optus for this Optus data said in terrible English. Hope everything goes well from here. Australians are now, however, receiving ominous SMS demanding $2,000 in order to have their “private information deleted off the system,” which is a threat. Customers of Optus are warned in the text that their information will be “sold for fraudulent activities” in two days if they do not heed the warning.

In the text, it is stated that “Optus has left security measures allowing us to access the personal information of their clients including name, email, phone number, date of birth, address, and license number.”

Optus has not reacted to our demand for payment of the $1M USD ransom, thus your information will be sold and exploited for fraud within two days, or until a payment of $2000 AUD is paid, after which the personal information will be deleted from our computers.

Passport, driver’s license, and Medicare numbers, along with dates of birth and residential addresses, were among the customer details that the hacker has so far made public.

The Optus hacker stated in their initial apology that if there had been a method to contact them, they would have informed the company about their vulnerability. The apologies continued, “Optus if your (sic) reading we would have reported exploit if you have a method to contact.” No security letters, bug bounties, or messages about the method too. We no longer care if the ransom was not paid.

The hacker said that even if they wanted to, they couldn’t provide further information since they had “personally wiped data from a drive,” which they assert is the sole copy.

The apologies, according to cybersecurity expert Jeremy Kirk, was not a guarantee that users could trust “optusdata,” but it would be the “best outcome” for them. In spite of the hacker removing the original samples, he stated it was “disappointing” that other forum users had duplicated the stolen data and were disseminating it. As a result, he tweeted, “Those 10,200 Optus subscribers in these three data sets would immediately be at a heightened risk of fraud and ID theft.”

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