ACCC "Still Looking" At Data Breach

Written by Oonagh Reidy     14/04/2014 | 11:31 | Category: HOME OFFICE

ACCC has not yet established the number of people affected by the data breach and is "still looking", an ACCC spokesperson told CN.

ACCC "Still Looking" At Data BreachOn Friday, the Australian consumer watchdog (ACCC) said personal data collected from its websites was leaked online including email addresses of some subscribers to its alert services. 

The websites hit by the data breach included Recalls Australia, Product Safety Australia, SCAMwatch and the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission Public Registers website.

A third party or hacker were not the cause of the data leaking online, rather, a technical issue was to blame, with permission not set the way it was supposed to, the rep said. 

However, the data was not accessible via Google or online search, an attacker would have had to have been aware the vulnerability was there in order to access data.