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More than 10m people’s personal info affected in lone data hack, reports OAIC


OAIC or the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published its data hack report of the last quarter revealing that 10m-and-more people suffered a compromise of their information during a lone incident.


The report, however, doesn't give the details regarding the cyber assault's origin. Nevertheless, it estimates the maximum count of impacted individuals due to the lone finance-related hack as about 500,000, whereas there were 3 intense hacks against the Australian health sector that impacted about 5,000 persons in each incident.


Overall, there were notifications of 215 data hacks to OAIC, declining from 262 of the October-December quarter of 2018. The number of hacks reported was 62 during January, 67 during February, while 86 during March. In reference to the total 215,131 data hacks, 61 percent accounted for criminal/malevolent assaults, whilst 75 hacks were attributed to human errors, and 9 occurred due to system faults.


Contact information was central to the a massive number of the hacks; however, financial details too were attributed to 46% of the hacks, ID information to 26% and Tax File Numbers to 17%. Twelve percent of the hacks involved 'other critical information,' according to OAIC. www.computerworld.com.au posted this, May 13, 2019.


In the quarter mentioned, the maximum personal info impacted was contact info whereby 186 hacks were responsible. A total 98 NDBs involved financial information belonging to netizens, whilst 55 pertained to identity info.


As with system faults, most of them occurred due to non-intentional revelation of people's private info on some online site caused from coding bugs. Alternatively, some kind of machine fault was involved which led to a file consisting of personal data getting delivered to an individual other than the intended one.


The maximally affected sector was providers of private health whereby the OAIC received 58 NDB notifications. Finance that consisted of superannuation was central to 27 hacks; management along with accounting and legal services encountered a total of 23 NDBs; education had 19; while retail sector encountered 11. The unabatedly most hacked private health sector mayn't douse worries about "My Health Record" a centralized program of Australia. Till February 2019, 2.5m-and-more Australians gave up the program.


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