Nearly 8 million driver license numbers and passport numbers stolen in Australia

Nearly 8 million Australian driver license and passport numbers were stolen in a massive data breach, according to the Latitude Group, Australia's largest consumer finance provider.

The company released a statement on Tuesday, March 26th, confirming that a malicious cyber attack had compromised the personal information of nearly 8 million customers. The breach was discovered on March 22nd and the company is now launching an investigation into the incident.

The data stolen includes driver license numbers, passport numbers, and other contact details. The company has said that there is no evidence that any financial details were stolen, but they are still working to assess the extent of the damage.

The company has urged customers to remain vigilant and to be cautious when providing personal information to any unknown source. They have also warned that customers may be vulnerable to identity theft, phishing scams, and other cybercrimes.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre has been notified of the breach and is working with the Latitude Group to investigate the incident. The Australian Federal Police are also conducting an assessment.

This is not the first time the Latitude Group has suffered a data breach, as they have suffered similar incidents in 2019 and 2020. The company has said that they are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of their customers’ data and have implemented additional security measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The Australian government has proposed new laws to protect personal information, including a mandatory breach notification requirement. The Latitude Group has said that they will comply with the new laws once they are passed.

The incident has raised serious questions about the security of personal data, and the Latitude Group has said that they will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of their customers’ data.