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Telstra Announces Hacking Incident

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

May 25, 2012

Telstra has announced that one of its third-party contractors was hacked, exposuring 35,000 user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to users of its Big Pond Game Arena and Games Shop, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is investigating the incident. The announcement comes a week after Scott McIntyre, Telstra's security operations senior technology architecture specialist, spoke at a security conference about last year's breach that exposed 800,000 Telstra customer records. McIntyre called the breach an "eye opener," saying, "even with all of the controls, all it takes is one little oops, one thing of 'hmm.' Next thing you know, you've got a problem like this."
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