Australia Calls for Optus Pay for New Buyer ID Paperwork

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s federal and state governments on Wednesday referred to as for Optus to pay for changing identification paperwork together with passports and driver’s licenses to keep away from id fraud after 9.8 million of the telecommunications firm’s prospects had private information stolen by laptop hackers.

The Australian authorities has blamed lax cybersecurity at Optus for final week’s unprecedented breach of present and former prospects’ private info.

Most vulnerable to id theft are the two.8 million prospects who had driver’s license and passport numbers stolen.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected opposition lawmakers’ requires the federal government to waive the prices of changing compromised Optus prospects’ passports.

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“We consider that Optus ought to pay, not taxpayers,” Albanese informed Parliament.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong wrote to Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin on Wednesday requesting her “earliest affirmation” that the Sydney-based firm would pay for susceptible prospects’ passports.

“There isn’t any justification for these Australians — or for taxpayers extra broadly on their behalf — to bear the price of acquiring a brand new passport,” Wong wrote.

Optus didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Different states have had various responses to requests for driver’s license replacements — Queensland and South Australia have introduced free replacements for affected prospects whereas New South Wales will cost Optus prospects for substitute licenses. But the state authorities has mentioned it expects Optus will provide reimbursements inside days. Victoria state has additionally requested Optus to pay for brand spanking new licenses, however continues to cost the corporate’s prospects.

Optus this week provided its “most affected” prospects free credit score monitoring for a 12 months.

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