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Hacked home loan customer info appears on DARK WEB

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Thousands of home loan customers’ private data that was hacked earlier this year has reappeared on the dark web.

Back in February, real estate valuation company Landmark White admitted personal data of thousands of home loan applicants from various banks had been leaked.

All four major banks immediately suspended its relationship with the ASX-listed firm as a result.

The dark web – which is made up of hard-to-access parts of the internet frequented by people who want to maintain anonymity for shady, and sometimes illegal, activities – saw a link posted this week that showed 76,873 Landmark White files in full public view.

The original breach saw 137,500 valuation records affected. Landmark White confirmed that all 76,873 files involved in the latest leak is a subset of those original records.

The link remained up for about 5 hours on Wednesday night Australia time before it was deleted.

The leaked data included personal information of home loan applicants, lenders, homeowners, residents and real estate agents – including names, addresses and telephone numbers. Evaluation commentary about the property was also exposed.

“It is quite possible that over the coming weeks and months further subsets may be reposted. In this eventuality, we will continue to take steps to assess and if possible remove the documents as quickly as possible,” the company stated on its website.

Landmark White provided property valuation services for many Australian banks that needed information to evaluate home loan applications – but the data breach has brought the firm to its knees.

Its shares have been suspended from trading since February 19 and its chief executive Chris Coonan resigned on Tuesday after 16 years of service.

The incident was last month reported to the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

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