Commissioner Opens Probe Into Hack
DATA THEFT—AUSTRALIAFebruary 3, 2012
Responding to two alleged cyberattacks of Fairfax Media microsites, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has initiated an investigation into whether the media company had sufficient security mechanisms in place, SC Magazine reports. The company confirmed that two of its microsites were breached but said that the unencrypted credit card data of approximately 10,000 individuals accessed in the attack did not belong to Fairfax customers. "Due to the nature of the shared systems used by the third party," Fairfax's CEO said, "it is possible the hacker was accessing data from other clients of the third party." Pilgrim said, "My investigation will be looking at the site's compliance with the Privacy Act and in particular whether appropriate data security practices were in place at the time of the alleged hack."