On 22 September 2022, Optus notified customers of a cyberattack compromising current and former customers’ information.
There is no direct impact to G&C Mutual Bank’s systems as a result of the cyberattack. Our security controls remain in place and our team is closely monitoring the situation.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Scamwatch is warning customers to proactively take steps to protect their accounts and watch out for scams following the Optus data breach.
If you are an Optus customer your name, date of birth, phone number, email addresses may have been released. For some customers identity document numbers such as driver’s licence or passport numbers could be in the hands of criminals.
It is important to be aware that you be may be at risk of identity theft and take urgent action to prevent harm. Optus customers should take immediate steps to secure all of their accounts, particularly their bank and financial accounts. Remain vigilant and monitor for unusual activity on your accounts and look out for contact by scammers.
Scammers may use your personal information to contact you by phone, text or email. Never click on suspicious links or provide personal or financial information to someone who contacts you out of the blue.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has compiled a collection of resources and information to assist Optus customers concerned about this incident. More information about how to protect yourself is available on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.
Refer to the Optus website for more information about this incident and contact Optus via the My Optus App or call 133 937.
If you believe someone has gained access to your personal information, even if the scam appears unrelated to your finances, you should contact your bank immediately. A timely response can be critical in giving you the best chance to stem any loss.