Optus data breach: VicRoads to issue free licences to motorists impacted by telco giant hacking

Why a state will issue a million FREE driver’s licenses after Optus cybersecurity data breach

  • VicRoads to Issue New Free Licenses to Motorists Affected by Optus Data Hack
  • New cards will have a second number to provide an additional layer of protection
  • VicRoads said its licensees were affected more than any other state

Nearly one million motorists whose personal data was compromised in the Optus cybersecurity breach will receive new free licenses to protect them against further identity theft.

VicRoads has announced that 942,000 redesigned licenses will be issued to those affected by the telecommunications giant’s recent data breach.

The new cards will contain a second number designed to provide an additional layer of protection similar to the security digits on the back of a credit card.

The license numbers on the new maps will remain the same.

Victorian Motorists Affected By Optus' Recent Cybersecurity Breach Will Be Reissued With New Licenses (Stock Image)

Victorian motorists affected by Optus’ recent cybersecurity breach will be reissued with new licenses (stock image)

Vic Roads has already started emailing affected motorists.

“By the end of the year, these customers will use both their license number and their card number to prove their identity for services such as opening bank accounts, loan applications, telephone contracts and real estate transactions,” the department said.

VicRoads has already flagged the records of more than 462,000 people who registered their details online as possible victims of the Optus data breach.

Around 342,000 of them have been confirmed to be directly affected by the Optus cybersecurity breach.

Vicroads Estimated Around 942,000 Motorists Were Affected.  Pictured Are Motorists On Melbourne'S West Gate Freeway

VicRoads estimated around 942,000 motorists were affected. Pictured are motorists on Melbourne’s West Gate Freeway

“The Optus data breach is the largest in Australian history and Victorian licensees have been impacted more than any other state,” a spokesperson said.

“We are accelerating the protection of licensees in response to the Optus data breach through the introduction of two-step verification and the free replacement of nearly one million licenses.”

Two-step verification process requires both new card number and original license number for identity confirmation when applying for bank accounts, loan applications, phone contracts and real estate transactions .

New Vicroads Licenses Are Designed To Protect Current And Former Optus Customers From Further Identity Theft

New VicRoads licenses are designed to protect current and former Optus customers from further identity theft

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