Data breach: Millions of Aussies wake to potential major data breach impacting ClubsNSW patrons

Max Corstorphan
The Nightly
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The data breach comes as claims emerge tech company OutABox may have shared the private information with an overseas developer.
The data breach comes as claims emerge tech company OutABox may have shared the private information with an overseas developer. Credit: NicoElNino - stock.adobe.com

More than one million Australians who have visited NSW pubs and clubs are waking to a potential significant data breach, leaving their personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, exposed.

The data breach comes amid claims tech company OutABox, headquartered in Sydney and specialising in IT solutions for gaming and hospitality venues across NSW, may have shared the private information with an overseas developer.

Compromised data encompasses a wide array of personal information, ranging from addresses and signatures to dates of birth and even photographs of driver’s licenses.

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This breach has ensnared dozens of venues affiliated with ClubsNSW, prompting an investigation by the NSW Police.

Speaking to EFTM on Wednesday evening, a spokesperson from Outabox said: “Outabox is aware and responding to a cyber incident potentially involving some personal information.

“We have been in communication with a group of our clients to inform them and outline our strategy to respond. Due to the ongoing Australian police investigation, we are not able to provide further information at this time.

“We are aware of a malicious website carrying a number of false statements designed to harm our business and defame our senior staff. We believe this is linked and urge people not to repeat false and reputationally damaging misinformation.”

NSW Police confirmed in a statement on Thursday morning: “Officers from the state crime command’s cybercrime squad are investigating a potential data breach. As the investigation is ongoing, no further information is available at this time.”

More to come.

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