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Impacted by the Optus data breach? Here’s how to replace your passport, drivers licence and Medicare card

Did you get a message from Optus about your identification documents being exposed in the cyber attack? Here’s what you need to know about changing your licence number, passport and Medicare card.  Tap the links below to jump straight to that section.   TIP: If you’re expecting new documents to be sent to you via the post, it might … Read more

New South Wales residents caught up in Optus data leak will have licence costs covered

New South Wales government says Optus will reimburse licence-replacement fees for customers who have been caught up in the company’s massive data breach. Key points: Optus will pay the $29 fee to reissue licences The company has sent messages via SMS or email to customers caught up in the data breach Data belonging to more … Read more

Optus rejects insider claims of ‘human error’ as possible factor in hack affecting millions of Australians

Optus has strenuously denied “human error” being a contributing factor in a data breach that inadvertently allowed cyber criminals to steal personal details of potentially millions of customers. Key points: An Optus source says a massive cyber attack likely exploited a flaw in the company’s IT system Optus rejected claims that “human error” helped hackers … Read more

‘Human error’ emerges as possible factor in Optus hack affecting millions of Australians

Preliminary investigations by Optus suggest an error by an IT programmer may have inadvertently allowed cyber criminals to steal personal details of potentially millions of customers. Key points: An Optus source says a massive cyber attack likely exploited a flaw in the company’s IT system An early investigation suggests hackers were able to breach Optus … Read more

Some Census Takers Who Fudged Data Didn’t Get Fired – NBC4 Washington

Some census takers who falsified information during the 2020 count didn’t have their work redone fully, weren’t fired in a timely manner and in some cases even received bonuses, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s watchdog group. The findings released Friday by the Office of Inspector General raise concerns about possible damage to the quality … Read more

Brexit fudge back on the menu as EU deadline looms for Truss – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Liz Truss is poised to make her first big move as U.K. prime minister in the Brexit row over Northern Ireland. It looks likely to be a call for more of the same. Despite punchy rhetoric on the campaign trail about taking tougher action against Brussels, … Read more

Life expectancy drops by almost 2 years

Overall life expectancy in the United States dropped by 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020, new data shows.  The decline affected all 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to a new National Vital Statistics report, and ranged from as little as 0.2 years in some states to as many as 3 years in others.  The … Read more