Internet hackers have started publishing customer information stolen last week from Australian IP provider and telco AAPT.
Hackers from the notorious online group Anonymous said they were publishing the data to show the danger of a government proposal to force telcos to store their Australian customers' web history for two years.
Most of the data published so far has been redacted, but it includes that of high profile government customers including the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology.
Other important customers caught in the breach include Energy Australia, the ABC and the embassies of Switzerland, Iran, Thailand and Singapore in Australia.
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Some of the information published includes mobile and fixed line phone numbers and business customers' bank account details.
Anonymous published a statement online saying: "We will not sit around as we have big brother watching us from all angles and eyes pointed at everyone."
AAPT boss David Yule confirmed the company was hacked last Thursday, saying servers hosting customer records at Melbourne IT were breached and AAPT was investigating the incident.
In a statement, Melbourne IT said the incident was "isolated to a small number of servers" and had since been fixed.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.