Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones says Optus hacker ‘appears’ to be individual criminal amid massive data breach

Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones has attempted to avoid weighing in on speculation around the Optus cyber attack but said the sum of money demanded sounded more like a “kid in a garage” rather than a foreign country.

The breach last week may have affected up to 9.8 million Australians with Optus not yet certain on the specific number of people caught up in the “significant” attack.

While agencies continue to work with the telco’s internal security, the actor responsible has not been identified.

Mr Jones said he did not want to “add to the speculation” but the sums of money…

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