Australian Federal Police arrest man suspected of exploiting Optus cyberattack

Aussie police have cuffed a 19-year-old Sydney resident accused of trying to extort money from victims of the recent cyberattack and digital burglary at national telecommunications provider Optus.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said today it was alerted to the blackmail attempt when some Optus customers were told to transfer AU$2,000 ($1,300) to a bank account or have their personal data used for financial crimes.

The unnamed individual is alleged to have used 10,200 of the records on customers that were uploaded to the web following the attack in September, including names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses, driving licenses, and passports.

Read more…
Source: The Register