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Hacker attack turns ‘MasterChef’ finalist homeless

A hacker attack into Australia’s new online property transfer system has made former “MasterChef” contestant Dani Venn homeless.

To be specific, the system of Sargeants Knox Conveyancing, a property transfer company, got hacked recently and it swept away the money of Venn, valued at $250,000 or around P13.3 million.

The money had been the settlement for a property her family bought near the sea on Melbourn’s Monington Peninsula, a report in The Sydney Morning Herald showed.

“As the money got transferred, the hackers directed the funds to a fraudulent account set up using the conveyancer’s electronic property transfer account manager,” the report said.

“The hackers broke through the security measures put up for the electronic property system being run by Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), a private company owned by state governments, the ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, private equity and property developer Paul Little,” it added.

Authorities are already investigating the case but it is still uncertain as to who will take the responsibility.

“We haven’t been able to settle on the property. We stand to lose our deposit of $80,000 and the new house. We are also getting charged interest of $500 a day on a default notice until we can come up with the money,” Venn said in the report.


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