More then 400,000 Optus accounts snatched

Thursday, 11 July 2002, 7:12 PM EST

Sydney resident has been charged over accusations he hacked into the internet accounts of more than 400,000 Optus customers.

A spokeswoman for Optus last night played down the risk to customers' privacy, saying that all customers were immediately notified and their passwords changed. She said no credit card details or personal information had been accessed and such data was heavily protected.

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