Singtel’s second unit faces cyber attack weeks after Optus data breach According to Reuters

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(Reuters) – Singapore Telecom Ltd said on Monday its Dialog unit had faced a cyberattack that likely affected 1,000 current and former employees and fewer than 20 customers, several weeks after a massive data breach at another Australian unit – Optus.

A breach at Optus, Australia’s second-largest mobile operator, late last month compromised the data of up to 10 million customers, triggering an overhaul of consumer privacy rules. used to facilitate targeted data sharing between telecommunications companies and banks.

On Monday, Singtel said the attack on Dialog, an information technology services consulting firm based in Australia, was first discovered on September 10.

Shares of Singtel were down 1.6%, at 0315 GMT.

The Singapore-based telecommunications company ensures that Dialog’s systems are completely independent of Optus and its information technology unit NCS, and that there is no evidence of a link between the data breach incidents at Dialogs and Optus.

Last week, Dialog realized “a very small sample” of its data, including some of its employees’ personal information, had been published on the dark web.

Singtel acquired Dialog in April for AU$325 million (US$206.57 million).

(1 dollar = 1.5733 Australian dollars)


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