EFFIE BATEMAN | Lifestyle | Contact
In shocking news, Russia today has come through with their cyber attack threats, and they easily break into one of Australia’s busiest websites, Centrelink.
This hack is said to be discovered late Wednesday afternoon when Centrelink employees reported a suspiciously low number of calls and a high amount of claims being processed. To begin with, thinking that there might be an error on the site, a deeper investigation found that not only had a lot of data been broken, but that the entire coding had been reconfigured – all stemming from a suspicious IP address, who came from Russia.
Although our reporter was unable to contact Centrelink, they were able to chat with one of the recipients, medical student Charlie Closs.
“Submitting an application for youth benefits has always been a fuckround,” says Charlie, “I think they deliberately make it difficult as a deterrent.”
“Like you spend eternities filling out a form, and if you miss a line or it needs you to be super accurate, it wipes the entire form clean when you press Enter.”
“And it’s after you’ve been waiting ages for the page to load.”
Charlie adds that the recipients can expect to wait at least six weeks for the money to come in after the claim has been processed and she says she is lucky she lives with her parents, otherwise the rent would be difficult.
“It was very strange, though, I made a claim a few days ago, and it was so easy?”
“It’s time they fixed it.”
“So if you end up being able to file a claim, you have to wait at least six weeks to get some money in.”
Unfortunately, it seems that a Russian hacker may have accidentally fixed it by messing with the code, or perhaps had a moment of bad conscience while extracting precious data.
More on the way.