Incident: Mobile porting – Illegal hack ‘happening more than we know’ | news.com.au
Australian Information Security Incident Reported: August 25 2017
When Katie Fletcher had her mobile number stolen and ported to a different carrier she knew it was bad news, but she didn’t necessarily expect it would lead to her friends having thousands of dollars drained from their bank accounts.
Ms Fletcher, 30, who works in Sydney and lives on the central coast has had her Telstra number illegally ported an astonishing four times in the past 18 months.
After stealing her number, hackers were able to gain access to her e-mails and from there collect personal details of her contacts and begin hacking their accounts. She believes a huge number of her friend’s personal accounts were hacked stemming from her number being ported.
“I stopped counting when I got to 33,” she told news.com.au.