Rio Tinto staff’s personal data may been hacked

Rio Tinto staff's personal data may been hacked
The Rio Tinto logo is displayed above the global mining group’s booth at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 7, 2023. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

By Harish Sridharan and Sameer Manekar

(Reuters) – Personal data of Rio Tinto Ltd’s former and current Australian employees may have been stolen by a cybercriminal group, according to a staff memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

“Data relates to certain records processed by our payroll services team in January 2023 (such as payslips and overpayment letters) for a small portion of past and present employees based in Australia, who received these records by post,” the memo showed.

“Investigations now indicate a possibility that Rio Tinto data may be impacted,” it said.