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Telstra Patches Site after Breach Revealed

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

April 22, 2010

A telecommunications company recently took down a promotional Web site that could have exposed the dates of birth of 700 customers, ZDNet reports. A Telstra marketing campaign sent letters to customers inviting them to visit a unique URL which, when visited, produced a form that had been pre-populated with their personal information. But one customer said he was able to modify the URL to view other customers' account information as well, including their dates of birth in some cases. A Telstra spokesperson said the company would be reviewing its policy and "making checks to make sure that any such forms in the future are rigorously tested and are not able to be abused in this way."
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