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Half a million customers at risk after Aussie wine retailer hit by cyber attack

Wine dealer Vinomofo has disclosed that 500,000 of its customers are at risk after its systems were hacked and has urged customers to remain alert to scam activity after the cyber attack.

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Tue, 18 Oct 2022
Half a million customers at risk after Aussie wine retailer hit by cyber attack
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The risk to members was “low, according to Vinomofo, because the wine dealer did not hold information such as passports, credit card details and driver’s licences.

Data such as names, dates of birth, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and genders of customers are at risk of exposure, according to the company, which has 500,000 people on its files. So far, it is not clear if all were exposed.

In a statement emailed to customers, chief executive Paul Edginton announced that a “third party unlawfully accessed the Vinomofo database”.


“Vinomofo does not hold identity or financial data such as passports, driver’s licences or credit cards/bank details.

“An unauthorised third party unlawfully accessed our database on a testing platform that is not linked to our live Vinomofo website.

“While no passwords, identity documents or financial information were accessed, the database includes other information about customers and members,” Edginton said.

The company has reported the hack and told customers to “remain alert to any increased scam activity”.

Vinomofo is the latest Australian company to be targeted by a cyber attack, which comes just weeks after the Woolworths MyDeal data breach this week, a possible Medibank private health insurance ransomware threat, and the major Optus cyber attack, which exposed the details of about 10 million Aussies earlier this month.

According to Medibank, it has now “resumed normal activity for all customers” after a possible ransomware threat on the health insurer last week.

According to the private health insurer’s CEO David Koczkar, the company’s ongoing investigation had turned up no evidence that any customer data had been removed.

“I want to assure you that our systems were not encrypted by ransomware during this incident,” he said.

“We remain vigilant and will continue to take the necessary steps to protect your data.”

[Related: Woolworths’ MyDeal site customers exposed in cyber attack]

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