Has your data been leaked by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service?
A security breach has led to over 500,000 donor records being leaked - here's what you need to know.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has been the victim of one of Australia's biggest personal data leaks, with more than 550,000 people potentially affected.
The leak apparently occurred after information that has been collected from donors between 2010-2016 was placed on a non-secured computer used by one of the service's website developers. The data included names, addresses and dates of birth. The data was apparently exposed between 5 September and 26 August 2016.
"We are deeply disappointed this could happen," the service said in a note online. "We take full responsibility for this mistake and apologise unreservedly. We would like to assure you we are doing everything in our power to not only right this but to prevent it from happening again.
The Blood Service has been reaching out to donors who may be affected via text message.
While the Blood Service says that it has taken steps to prevent further leakage and deleted all known copies of the data, security consultant Troy Hunt wrote that he had been sent a file containing details of multiple donors earlier this week.
While there is no evidence that medical information has been leaked, birth date information can be used by hackers to attempt to gain access to additional information. Keeping your birth date private is a sensible security measure.
The Red Cross has set up a dedicated phone line on 13 95 96 for anyone concerned if they are affected.