(Reuters) — Internet provider TPG Telecom Ltd. became the latest Australian company to fall victim to a high-profile cyber attack, announcing on Wednesday that the emails of up to 15,000 of its business customers had been accessed.
At least eight other Australian companies have gone public about the hacks since October, prompting public outrage and the government to say last week it is developing a new cyber security strategy to deal with threats. It is also considering banning the payment of ransom to cybercriminals.
TPG, Australia’s No. 2 ISP, with 7.2 million accounts, said the primary purpose of the hack on the hosted exchange service was to search for customers̵7; cryptocurrency and financial information. Its cybersecurity consultant Mandiant discovered the breach during a forensic historical review.
The company said it had taken steps to stop the unauthorized access and contacted all customers on the switch service affected by the incident.