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The data of about a quarter of a million Australians has leaked from entertainment company NOVA Entertainment, a firm that is owned by Lachlan Murdoch, a co-chairman of News Corporation.

In a statement, NOVA chief executive Cathy O'Connor said the information that had been publicly disclosed was a "legacy dataset" which included information collected from listeners between May 2009 and October 2011.

The information included name, gender and date of birth, residential address, email address, and telephone number and usernames and passwords, which were protected by "hashing".

The company has radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

NOVA said it had informed the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner of the breach as it is required to do under the data breach law that took effect in Australia on 22 February.

According to its website, the OAIC is closed between 25 December and 2 January, 2019.

Breaches of the law will attract fines of up to $360,000 for individuals and $1.8 million for organisations. Insufficient care of the data in question, if proved, could attract further fines. Only organisations with revenue of more than $3 million are covered.

O'Connor said NOVA had hired IDCARE, the national identity and cyber support service in Australia and New Zealand, to assist and support anyone affected by the leak.

She said the company had set up a dedicated Web page and a separate email address for any queries. Those affected by the breach were being informed, she added.

The last OAIC quarterly breach report, for the period July-September, said the organisation had been informed of 245 data breaches, 57% being due to malicious or criminal attack and 37% being due to human error.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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