The New South Wales state has notified the affected Optus customers of the recent data breach about replacing their driver’s licenses. The government shared a simple procedure to do that, and here’s how.

How to Apply For a New Driver’s License Number?

optus cyberattack, cybersecurity

(Photo : Joan Gamell from Unsplash)
The NSW stated told the Optus customers an easy way to ask for the replacement of their stolen driver’s license number.

The Optus cyberattack that took place last week was reportedly the most massive hack in Australia. Previously, the authorities said that hackers attacked nearly 10 million customers.

To extend some help to the victims, the NSW government told the affected customers that they could apply for a new driver’s license if their number was stolen. But before, Optus should send a notification to the victims if their information was compromised.

According to a report by News.com.au, customers should first go to the official app of Service NSW. No physical card will be issued, and all you need is just an interim card number.

After applying for your stolen driver’s license number, just wait for 10 business days before a new plastic license card arrives at your current residential address.

According to Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello, Optus customers will need to pay a replacement fee which will cost $29. However, it is expected that their payment will be reimbursed in the next few days.

When we hand over copies of our driver's licence – we “over-share” personal information that could potentially compromise our security – see previous post ➡️ https://t.co/4SCWnOrWsg
Recently @Optus informed the Australian public of a major cyber-attack. pic.twitter.com/V4Ylf5UEsx

— Victor Dominello MP (@VictorDominello) September 26, 2022

“People are understandably stressed and need a pathway forward,” Dominello posted on Twitter. He apologized for the very long delivery time for the license card.

How About the Replacement of Identity Documents?

In the same report from News.com.au, Dominello mentioned that the government launched its support for replacing the identity documents of the affected Optus customers.

Dominello urged the victims to immediately keep in touch with ID support if they have concerns regarding the replacement of their files. They can call the organization for help by contacting 1800 001 040.

As of writing, the federal government of Australia is investigating the deal with the Optus hacker, who reportedly apologized in a now-deleted post.

Optus Hacker Won’t Leak the Data Anymore

According to ABC News, the alleged Optus cybercriminal has claimed that they won’t leak the customer data because “too many eyes” are on the lookout for them.

In an online message, the Optus hacker apologized to over 10,000 Australian customers who were impacted by the data breach. The online account also said they don’t care about the ransom anymore.

Furthermore, the hacker admitted that it was a “mistake” to leak the data of the individuals. While the person sounds to be the legitimate hacker behind the Optus cyberattack, some security analysts have not yet confirmed the real identity of the cybercriminal.

WARNING – do not click on latest link from alleged Optus hacker. IT security experts confirm it “tries to use drive-by and explicit download techniques to install executable files – this appears to be an attempt to capitalise on the publicity from the hack to setup a future hack”

— Andrew Greene (@AndrewBGreene) September 26, 2022

Earlier this week, Optus rolled out free credit monitoring to the most affected customers by the hack. The subscription will be available for free for 12 months.

Written by Joseph Henry

TECH NEWS RELATED

Microsoft to Offer Sony 10-Year Call of Duty License to Appease EU Regulators

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Microsoft’s bid to acquire Activision Blizzard is on thin ice. Antitrust regulators from several regions have been reviewing the deal all year, and several have recently expressed concern that the acquisition could drastically reduce competition ...

View more: Microsoft to Offer Sony 10-Year Call of Duty License to Appease EU Regulators

Nations must embrace change in order to tackle biodiversity crisis, researchers say

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Governments should embrace the realities of shifting biodiversity rather than “investing in futile efforts to return the natural world to its historic state,” a new study argues. In a paper published in the run up to the United Nations conference, COP 15, the researchers suggest ...

View more: Nations must embrace change in order to tackle biodiversity crisis, researchers say

Sex roles in the animal kingdom driven by the ratio of females to males

The sex ratio can be specified at different points in time. It varies as a function of births of male and female offspring and sex-specific mortality, but also with immigration and emigration. Accordingly, different sex ratios can be determined based on the number of females (F) and males (M) ...

View more: Sex roles in the animal kingdom driven by the ratio of females to males

Netflix’s Wednesday series is responsible for the newest viral trend on TikTok

Netflix’s Addams Family spinoff series Wednesday is unquestionably one of its most popular and successful new shows. It’s been #1 in the US for several days, beating out titles like Dead to Me and The Crown, both of which have also dropped new seasons of their own. And it ...

View more: Netflix’s Wednesday series is responsible for the newest viral trend on TikTok

Widespread bullying and gender-based harassment in the transport industry restricts female participation

Credit: Emerald A new book “Women, Work and Transport” brings together researchers with international expertise in gender and transport work, to provide original evidence of the experiences of women working in all transport modes across countries in the Global North and the Global South. Women play an essential role ...

View more: Widespread bullying and gender-based harassment in the transport industry restricts female participation

Genomes OnLine Database introduces new features

Overview of GOLD system and processes. Application components of GOLD system consisting of Oracle database and front and backend components. Credit: Nucleic Acids Research (2022). DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkac974 Since its launch 25 years ago, the Genomes OnLine Database (GOLD) has matured from six projects on a spreadsheet into a flagship ...

View more: Genomes OnLine Database introduces new features

Hawaii volcano shoots lava fountains 200 feet high: USGS

Mauna Loa erupts for the first time since 1984 on Hawaii Island, on November 28, 2022. Fountains of lava up to 200 feet (60 meters) high have been fired into the air from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, geologists say, generating rivers of molten rock from the world’s largest active volcano. ...

View more: Hawaii volcano shoots lava fountains 200 feet high: USGS

New method unearths improved understanding of soil microbial interactions

The researchers used the new high-throughput stable isotope probing (HT-SIP) pipeline and metagenomics to get the first look at the active microbiome surrounding a beneficial plant symbiont, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Linking the identity of wild microbes with their physiological traits and environmental functions ...

View more: New method unearths improved understanding of soil microbial interactions

Six priorities to get Kenya's curriculum back on track, or risk excluding many children from education

Researchers unveil evolution of paleodiet at Neolithic Qujialing site

Searching for new particles using quantum sensors

Interdisciplinary environmental history: How narratives of the past can meet the challenges of the Anthropocene

New paper highlights the co-benefits of coordinating climate action and peacebuilding

Astronomers see stellar self-control in action

Team creates nano-magnets that could restore damaged nerve cells

Oldest Pterodactylus fossil found in Germany

Are we there yet? Time slows down on crowded train

Plastic to metal, steel to aluminum: The future of welding and lightweight vehicles

Competitors chip away at Tesla's US electric vehicle share

Smart inverters' vulnerability to cyberattacks needs to be identified and countered, according to researchers

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News