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Aussie Telco Telstra Breached, Reportedly Exposing 30,000 Employees' Data

The Telstra cyber incident comes just weeks after its main rival Optus suffered a major compromise of its customer database.

Telstra, Australia's largest telecom carrier, reported this week that it was the victim of a data breach — just two weeks after its rival telco Optus reported a cyberattack of its own.

According to a Reuters report, Telstra is downplaying the incident, calling it a "small data breach," adding about 30,000 current and former employees dating back to 2017 were compromised.

In comparison, Optus suffered a breach of its live database of nearly 10 million customers.

A Telstra spokesperson said the data exposed is "very basic in nature," adding the company views the incident as " attempt to profit from the Optus breach," according to Reuters, which added the spokesperson did not elaborate further on any potential link between the two cyberattacks.