Woolworths says the data of the online unit’s 2.2 million users has been breached

Oct 14 (Reuters) – Australia’s Woolworths Group Ltd (WOW.AX) said on Friday its majority-owned online retailer MyDeal had identified that a “compromised user ID” had been used to gain access to its systems which exposed data from nearly 2.2 million users.

The news comes just weeks after Australia’s second-largest mobile operator, Optus, suffered a breach that compromised the data of up to 10 million customers – one of the biggest incidents of its kind – triggering an overhaul of the country’s consumer privacy rules.

The latest cyberattack follows two other cases since Optus – a “small breach” at Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS.AX) and health insurer Medibank Private (MPL.AX) detecting unusual activity on its network.

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Exposed customer data from MyDeal includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, delivery addresses and, in some cases, customers’ date of birth, the Sydney-based retailer said.

He further clarified that the MyDeal website and app were not affected and that none of the other Woolworths Group platforms were compromised.

MyDeal, 80% owned by the largest grocer, said it was contacting affected customers and working with authorities to investigate the incident.

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Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza and Dhanya Ann Thoppil

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