Albanese Government admits Optus hack ‘shouldn’t have occurred’ as it looks to increase $2.2 million fines for data privacy


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has doubled down on Optus “footing the bill” for this week’s cyber attack and increasing fines after the compromise to personal details of almost 10 million Australians.

Optus customers were notified of the security breach late last week, with the company rushing to contact those directly impacted by the cyberattack.

However, the situation escalated on Tuesday when the alleged hacker publicly released the information of 10,000 users in return for a $1.5 million ransom.

The data breach included passport numbers, driver’s licence numbers and Medicare…



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