It is estimated that around 76,000 people had their personal data leaked in the recent NZME data security breach. The perpetrators obtained unauthorised access to NZME’s cloud servers, a well-known media company.
The company, best known for producing the New Zealand Herald, said in a statement that it is very likely the hackers obtained access through a third party cloud server. The cloud server was used for storing personal information acquired through various competitions. It was also used for storing the data of their clients.
Specifically, the stolen information contained phone numbers, names, and email addresses. Luckily enough, no critically important personal information was stolen, like social security numbers or credit card details.
After the company executives learned of the attack, they immediately locked down the servers.
NZME is working with forensics and the Privacy Commission in order to get to the bottom of this.
Michael Boggs, chief executive of NZME, commented that they are doing everything in their power to get in touch with those who were affected by the breach. He added that they are not only going to notify every single one of those individuals, but also make efforts to protect the sensitive user data from potential future attacks.
According to him, there is currently no evidence the leaked personal information has been used in any way. Finally, he concluded with the thought that similar kinds of threats are always a reality, so in order to combat them effectively, the companies need to always keep on top of them and diligently work towards better security.