28 Data#3 customers impacted by cyber attack

27 August 2020, Written by Business News Australia

28 Data#3 customers impacted by cyber attack

Cloud computing and IT solutions provider Data#3 (ASX: DTL) has been hit by a cyber-security network incident with 28 customers impacted.

The business technology solutions company says the cyber-attack, which is still under investigation, involved an overseas third party.

Data#3 says the incident has not had a material impact on its ongoing operations, and it is not a notifiable incident to the Australian Information Commissioner.

All 28 customers impacted have been contacted and, pending the outcome of the investigation, Data#3 may need to take further steps in response to the incident.

"We take the security of our IT systems very seriously," says Data#3 managing director and CEO Laurence Baynham.

"We continue to work closely with specialist forensic consultants to investigate this incident.

"We will provide updates to the market of any material developments."

The cyber-attack on Data#3 follows a series of high-profile incidents targeting major Australian organisations.

In May, Australian steel producer BlueScope confirmed its IT systems were affected by a cyber-attack, causing disruptions to part of its operations.

Additionally, Australia's health insurance industry was targeted by a well-known cybercrime group in May, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic period.

The corporate watchdog has been cracking down on companies with inadequate cyber security infrastructure, launching legal proceedings against a subsidiary of IOOF (ASX: IFL) last week.

The case, now in the Federal Court, follows a number of alleged cyber breach incidents at authorised representatives of RI Advice Group, an Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence holder.

To support Australian organisations the Federal Government dedicated more than $1.35 billion to the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), whilst $1.6 million was invested into the cyber security infrastructure of Australian universities.

The funding came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed a sophisticated cyber attacked launched by a state-based actor was targeting Australian organisations on a broad scale.

Shares in Data#3 are up 3.33 per cent to $6.21 per share at 12:17pm AEST.

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