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Transport for NSW are currently investigating a security breach to its TrainLink booking system, temporarily closing reservations on the site.
While the NSW TrainLink database does not contain sufficient credit card data for it to be used in any transactions, police have still confirmed that some of the information obtained in the breach could be used.
Police and Transport for NSW has engaged AusCERT, an Australian cyber emergency response company, to investigate the risk of the security compromise further. They have also notified the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Labor frontbencher Jodi McKay has raised concerns that this compromise has come at a time when online ticketing is being encouraged by NSW Trains, while some shopfronts at stations are closing down.
McKay says Transport for NSW should be more transparent with the extent of the breach.
"The lack of information is most disturbing here, as well as a government platform being hacked," she says. "If they can hack NSW Trains, then what else?"
TrainLink are urging customers to be vigilant to any unsolicited requests for personal information, and to notify their financial institutions if there is unusual activity on their card.
TrainLink is a regional transport network that services country NSW and interstate destinations.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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