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Telecoms provider Singtel Optus has denied data that was leaked in a massive breach of its network was responsible for a cafe owner losing around $10,000 from his ANZ bank account.

The company said iTWirein response to a query, that “No customer payment information, including direct debit or credit card information, or password, including My Optus app credentials, were compromised during of the cyberattack against Optus customers.”

age had claimed in an article published on November 6 that a cafe owner in Elsternwick, a suburb of Melbourne, had withdrawn nearly $10,000 from his ANZ account. Jim Marinis was among those affected by the Optus leak. Additional withdrawals had increased his losses to $40,000, according to the newspaper.

He also said that Marinis had also seen “fraudulent applications for credit cards, online vouchers and personal loans – worth over $60,000″ made in his name, adding that a direct link from the breach of Optus to its losses had not yet been established.






A spokesperson for Optus added: “Optus has taken a series of steps to prevent any customers from suffering harm as a result of the cyberattack, including providing free credit monitoring services to customers and working with state and federal government agencies to secure relevant identification documents and provide guidance to customers.

“If customers believe they are victims of cybercrime, we strongly recommend that they contact and follow the advice of AFP.”

The company has released a letter to customers describing all of its actions after discovering the data breach.

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