Telstra Telecom Suffers Data Breach Potentially Exposing Employee Information

Australia’s
largest
telecommunications
company
Telstra
disclosed
that
it
was
the
victim
of
a
data
breach
through
a
third-party,
nearly
two
weeks
after
Optus
reported
a
breach
of
its
own.

“There
has
been
no
breach
of
Telstra’s
systems,”
Narelle
Devine,
the
company’s
chief
information
security
officer
for
the
Asia
Pacific
region,

said
. “And
no
customer
account
data
was
involved.”

It
said
the
breach
targeted
a
third-party
platform
called

Work
Life
NAB

that’s
no
longer
actively
used
by
the
company,
and
that
the
leaked
data
posted
on
the
internet
concerned
a “now-obsolete
Telstra
employee
rewards
program.”

Telstra
also
noted
it
became
aware
of
the
breach
last
week,
adding
the
information
included
first
and
last
names
and
the
email
addresses
used
to
sign
up
for
the
program.
It
further
clarified
that
the
data
posted
was
from
2017.

The
data
was “basic
in
nature,”
Devine
said.

The
company
did
not
reveal
how
many
employees
were
affected,
but
a
Reuters
report

pegged
the
number
at
30,000
,
citing
internal
staff
email
sent
by
Telstra.

The
revelation
comes
a
day
after
its
rival
Optus

confirmed

that
nearly
2.1
million
of
its
current
and
former
customers
suffered
a
leak
of
their
personal
information
in
the
aftermath
of
a
massive
hack.

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