Great news Australia: We’ve had our first metadata breach

Claire Reilly and Luke Lancaster report:

Chalk this one up for the security record books under the chapter titled, “We told you so.”

Australia has its first (reported) metadata breach. And it came at the hands of an Australian Federal Police officer.

The AFP today revealed one of its officers “illegally” accessed the metadata of an Australian journalist’s phone calls, “earlier this year.”

“[The breach] was identified by the AFP as a result of our own review,” said AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin.


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