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Australian Man Arrested in Alleged Scam of Optus Hack Victims

  • The 19-year-old Sydney man faces up to 10 years in prison
  • None of the victims sent funds to the alleged scammer

The Australian Federal Police have arrested a 19-year-old Sydney man for allegedly trying to blackmail victims of a giant data breach at mobile-phone company Optus.

The man allegedly texted 93 people who were affected by last month’s hack of the Australian telecommunications provider, demanding they transfer A$2,000 ($1,300) to a bank account or face having their personal information be used for financial crimes, the AFP said in a statement Thursday.