More data breaches in Australia and the US

In Australia, Kmart has engaged IT forensic investigators after personal details of its online customers were hacked.  Kmart says no customer credit card details have been compromised.  However, customers’ names, email addresses, home addresses, telephone numbers, and product purchase details were accessed in an “external privacy breach” early last month.  Kmart has also contacted the Australian Privacy Commissioner and Federal Policy to help with the investigation.

In the US, Experian, one of the largest data brokers and credit agencies in the world, has also been hacked.  Information from the hack includes names, addresses, and social security, driver’s license and passport numbers.  The licence and passport numbers were in an encrypted field, but Experian says that encryption may also have been compromised.

Link: Kmart (Sydney Morning Herald) and Experian (The Guardian)