The ABC has been hit by a series of major online security breaches, including a supermarket store sweep episode.
Key points:ABC security breach exposed a breach of 1.5 million customers’ details and details of 1 million moreA total of 1,000 people were affectedThe breach has been patched, but some people are still experiencing issuesThe ABC’s security breach was discovered last month after ABC IT staff flagged an unpatched version of an app that allows customers to access restricted data.
“It was one of the biggest breaches we have ever had,” ABC director of security and integrity Peter Jennings told the ABC’s Lateline program.
“We are very concerned by it, because we have a lot of people on the system who have been affected by this breach, and a lot are still dealing with issues.”
Our focus is really to get it patched up.
“The ABC has identified around 1,200 customers who were affected by the ABC security breach, with many of those affected using the app to access the restricted information on their accounts.
The ABC says around 400 customers used the app and the other 800 had the same issue.”
The affected customers were exposed to potentially sensitive personal information and passwords that they had never been able to access before,” Mr Jennings said.”
So, there is a lot that can be done in terms of identifying and addressing the issues.
But the vast majority of customers who have accessed the restricted data have had their accounts restored.””
We have been able, however, to address the issues with the app, but there are still some issues around the app that are not resolved.”
But the vast majority of customers who have accessed the restricted data have had their accounts restored.
“He said the ABC was working with the supermarket chain and its IT partner, Publix, to resolve the issues and prevent further problems.
The supermarket chain said it was working to fix the problems and the ABC has confirmed the incident is no longer being treated as an incident.”
Publix takes the security of its customers very seriously and we take the security issues seriously as well,” the company said in a statement.”
As soon as we were alerted to the issue, we quickly patched the issue and will be continuing to work with the ABC on this matter.
“There have been no new incidents since the issue was addressed, but the issue is still being monitored and we are taking the necessary steps to address it.”
While this issue is currently not being treated by Publax as an ‘Incident’ we will continue to work closely with the Australian Federal Police to work through this issue.
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