Hack Attack! Telstra Hit AGAIN 35000 Affected

Written by Oonagh Reidy     24/05/2012 | 00:34 | Category: ONLINE

35000 affected by latest hack on Telstra.

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BigPond Games Arena, one of the hacked sites.
Telstra Bigpond GameArena and Games Shop sites has suffered a "hacking attack," it revealed today.

The telco has reset the passwords of its GameArena and Games Shop users, after both sites operated by a third party company, were victims of hacking.

This marks the second data breach in less than a year.

But, it appears, Telstra aren't sure exactly what information the hackers may or may not have lifted in the 'attack' but said
customer's details that "might have been obtained" were limited to BigPond Games usernames, the email and encrypted GameArena and Games Shop passwords of up to 35,000 users.

No financial or credit card details were kept on the sites, Telstra confirmed, saying it will "contact affected customers, with their new password, as soon as possible."

When asked by SmartHouse if it knew who was behind the attack, the telco said they are "still investigating".

BigPond Broadband password details, used for games service access, have not been affected.

"While the passwords were encrypted, as a precaution Telstra encourages games service account holders to change their password at any other sites where it may have been used," it said in a statement.

There has been advice posted to GameArena and Games Shop homepage sites, informing users of the password reset.

Telstra suffered a similar information breach in December last, when a BigPond database was freely accessible by outsiders online, affecting almost one million customers.

The Data Commissioner is still investigating the incident.