Australian Information Security Incident Reported: October 02 2019

‘Trusted inside access’: Sydney IT contractor arrested over Landmark White data breach

Property valuations, personal details and driver’s licences of a combined 275,000 individuals were made “readily available on the dark web” by a trusted contractor of a leading property valuation firm.

Source: Sydney IT contractor arrested over Landmark White data breach | Brisbane Times
More reports from: Brisbane Times.

Mr Grant, 49, was arrested in the Sydney CBD over allegations he gained unauthorised access to Landmark White’s (a property firm) database and documents, handling data that he uploaded to file-sharing site Scribd and the dark web.

The alleged fraud, involving at least two data breaches of 170,000 datasets this year, is estimated to have cost LMW at least $8 million.

In a statement LMW chief executive Timothy Rabbitt said Mr Grant’s arrest was “vindication of LMW’s stance that this was a serious crime committed against the company.”

LMW chairman Keith Perrett said the firm has “gone through a significant transformation and we are now ahead of the pack in IT security.”