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Massive Cyber Attack Hits Australia’s Major Retailers

Thousands of customers have fallen victim to a widespread cyber attack targeting some of Australia’s most recognised brands.

Approximately 15,000 Australians with accounts at Guzman y Gomez, Dan Murphy’s, Binge video streaming service, and Event Cinemas have experienced a security breach. 

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Authorities suspect that their personal details were compromised in a targeted attack over the past two months.

It’s understood scammers fraudulently accessed online accounts using stolen login details from overseas cyber criminals.

A significant number of affected customers either stored their credit card information on company websites or possessed gift cards and store credit for online transactions.

In the wake of the incident, Australia Premier Anthony Albanese is determined to take any possible actions to protect businesses from scams after thousands of online shoppers.

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“This is a scourge and there are so many vulnerable people being ripped off who’ve acted in absolutely good faith and we need to make sure they are protected,” Mr Albanese said on Wednesday.

The Cyber Security Centre in Australia recorded a surge in cybercrime reports, exceeding 94,000 in the past financial year—a 23 per cent increase from the previous year.

On Monday, the Albanese government acknowledged becoming the target of the country’s most extensive government data breach. 

“We’ll look at any measures that are possible in order to protect consumers because that’s our priority,” he said.

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