Australian telecommunications company Optus has been the victim of a hack, with the hacker releasing 10,000 customer records and threatening to release more unless the company pays a ransom.
The hacker is demanding one million dollars, or else a tranche of 10,000 records will be released every day over the coming four days.
The records that have been released so far include names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, and gender.
Optus is urging customers to change their passwords and is working with law enforcement to investigate the incident.
A total of 9.8m current and former customers have been impacted by the breach, which the government says is a major corporate failure.
Optus is working with law enforcement and has advised affected customers to change their passwords and online security questions.
This is a developing story and more information will be released as it becomes available.