Thousands compromised in Meriton data breach

Thousands of guests and staff have been compromised in the attack.

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The exterior of a Meriton building.
Meriton said personal information was stolen from an unknown source. (Source: AAP)

Property giant Meriton has confirmed it has joined a string of other firms after it was hit by a cyber attack earlier this year.

The company, which is known for its property development and serviced apartment accommodation, confirmed to the ABC it was attacked more than two months ago on January 14.

The stolen data is believed to include personal information such as bank details, birth certificates and employee-related details such as salary information and HR issues.

Guests have been told their contact information and potentially health information may have been accessed.

Meriton told the ABC an investigation found "no evidence" of information being misused.

Mertion said an “unknown third party” was responsible for the attack and it had taken the “appropriate steps” to notify around 1,900 guests and workers of the breach.

Mertion said it had contact with the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Hack attacks rising

This is just the latest in a string of cyber attacks on Aussie companies.

In recent days, consumer finance company Latitude Financial revealed 14 million Australian and NZ customers were exposed after personal records were stolen from its systems by hackers.

The attack, detected earlier this month, snared 7.9 million drivers licences, about 53,000 passport numbers and an additional 6.1 million records, including names, addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth.

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission urged business leaders to re-double efforts to keep their customers safe amid a spike in online financial scams and identity theft.

Millions of people had their personal data stolen last year in a series of high-profile hacks, including Medibank and Optus.

Up to 10 million Optus customers may have had their personal details compromised after the major data breach.

And as many as 9.7 million Medibank customers could be eligible for compensation following it’s data breach.

- With AAP

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