Western Australia-based Defence shipbuilder Austal has been the subject of a cyber security breach and extortion attempt.
The company announced to the stock exchange this evening its Australian data management system had been targeted by an “unknown offender”.
Some staff email addresses and mobile phone numbers were accessed, according to the statement which acknowledged that a “small number” of customers had been affected.
It said it appeared the offender tried to sell some of the stolen material online “and engage in extortion”.
By Jane Norman
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