Optus Cyber ​​Attack a reminder to take security seriously

Nine Entertainment, owner of the heraldwas hacked last year, although despite the attack we managed to continue publishing our website and newspapers.

Optus deserves credit for the transparency and speed with which it responded to the hack. There was a detailed media conference on Friday within a few days of the violation becoming known. It’s almost unprecedented in Australia for a CEO to come so directly to the media to explain a cyber hack.

This is in sharp contrast to ride-sharing company Uber’s behavior in 2016, which covered up hacking information in a ransomware attack on its global database that affected up to 1.2 million Australian customers.

Unfortunately, Optus can’t do much to guarantee that stolen information won’t be used by the hackers, aside from warning customers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity across their online accounts.

Optus is even reluctant to send email alerts to customers as it could open the floodgates to fraud. Customers should be careful when clicking on links in emails claiming to be from Optus as they may be fake.

This incident is a wake-up call for all levels of government to increase the security of the personal information they hold and to promote cybersecurity in the rest of the community.

The Optus hack is testing the effectiveness of Australia’s Critical Infrastructure Act, which was updated just last year.

The law now requires large companies to notify the government within 72 hours after being exposed to a major cyber incident, such as an B. a serious breach of confidentiality.

The government also now has the power to give companies specific instructions on how to manage critical cyber networks.

The Morrison government announced a new cybersecurity strategy in 2020, for which it committed $1.6 billion over four years.

Faced with threats not only from criminal networks, but also from terrorists and rogue state actors like Russia, Australia may need to do more.


Surprisingly, Home Secretary Claire O’Neil has yet to comment on the Optus hack.

Opposition spokesman for cybersecurity James Paterson on Friday urged the government to explain what steps it is taking to protect its citizens.

Certainly the government should be careful not to disclose sensitive information about the investigation, but at the same time it must respond to community concerns.

Meanwhile, the incident reminds individuals to take cybersecurity basics, such as: B. Regularly updating passwords and installing two-factor authentication for the most sensitive accounts.

The risks of online crime are growing and society must work together to stay safe.

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Joel McCord

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