AUSTRALIA’S data breaches have left Australians struggling to recover stolen data.
The ABC understands data stolen from banks, health care providers, restaurants and others is still being processed and processed, despite the Government taking steps to encrypt it.
The Federal Government has not publicly revealed what data was stolen, but a senior federal MP has warned the public it is not yet fully secure.
Senator Sam Dastyari said a significant number of the breaches were linked to criminals.
“We are in the early stages of a major data breach that involves more than 500 million Australians and it’s very, very difficult to recover from this,” Senator Dastyaris said.
“If you go to one of our institutions, we are asking you to do a massive search and we are going to find out whether the data has been stolen, we may even be able to recover that data.”
He said it was important the public was kept informed about the breach so they could protect themselves and their financial details.
“When we see people in the streets with their bank accounts, credit cards, credit card numbers, it’s not a surprise if they’re victims of data breaches,” he said.”[It’s] really important that we keep them informed and if they’ve got any information that we can put out to them, they can report it to us.”
Senator Dastyar also warned people to avoid online banking, as it is a very common way criminals gain access to personal information.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of people who are involved in online banking are criminals,” he told reporters.
“It’s a lot more complicated and it involves a lot longer processes than it does with banking.”
A spokesman for the Department of Communications and Information Technology said the Department was working with the Australian Federal Police to identify and remove data stolen.
“The department is confident that the breaches have been detected and the affected information has been recovered,” the spokesman said.