- A Hacker was able to compromise Australis’s Early Warning Network and send out fake alerts to subscribers.
- Hacker gained access to the company system using illicitly obtained login credentials.
- The alerts were sent to a part of the database via text message, email, and landline.
- The company confirmed the user’s personal data was not compromised in the breach.
Hacker compromised Australian emergency warning system and fake alerts were sent to thousands of people.
According to reports, a Hacker was able to gain unauthorised access Aeeris company systems which manage Australis’s Early Warning Network (EWN) and send out alerts stating that “EWN has been hacked. Your personal data stored with us is not safe. We are trying to fix the security issues.”
The fake alerts were sent to the people via text message, email, and landline. The message also includes a support email address and a website.
“At around 930pm EDT 5th January, the EWN Alerting system was illegally accessed with a nuisance message sent to a part of EWNs database. This was sent out via email, text message and landline” said in the post published by the company.
According to the EWN, the hacker were able to gain access to the company system using illicitly obtained login credentials.
EWN staffs were able to quickly identify the attack and limit it from reaching more people.
The company advised users to not to click the message and delete them. The attack did not compromise any of the users personal information.
“The unauthorized alert sent on Saturday night was undertaken by an unauthorized person using illicitly gained credentials to login and post a nuisance spam-notification to some of our customers. The link used in this alert were non-harmful and your personal information was not compromised in this event. Investigations are continuing with the Police and Australian Cyber Security Centre involved.”