Incident: Ransomware attack on Dialog also took down defence app ForceNet | iTWire
Australian Defence Ransomware Incident, 31 October 2022
Ransomware attack on Dialog also took down Australian Department of Defence service ForceNet
An Agenda ransomware attack hit a communications platform used by the Department of Defence
A communications platform used by the Department of Defence has been hit by a ransomware attack. Hackers targeted the ForceNet service, which is run by the external provider Dialog.
A defence spokesperson said: “Defence has recently been informed a 2018 ForceNet dataset, containing personal information of current and former Australian Defence Force Members (ADF) and Australian Public Servants (APS), may have been part of a ransomware attack on an external ICT service provider”
Related breach: “The Dialog Group (Dialog) today confirmed that the company has experienced a cyber security incident in which an unauthorised third party may have accessed company data, potentially affecting fewer than 20 clients and 1,000 current Dialog employees as well as former employees.“
“Initial discussions with the service provider indicate there is no evidence that the data of current and former APS staff and ADF personnel has been compromised.
“Defence is examining the contents of the 2018 ForceNet dataset and what personal information it contains”
Among Dialog’s other customers in Australia are the NSW Electoral Commission, the Department of Human Services, Queensland Health, Virgin Australia, NAB, Suncorp, Alfred Health, University of Tasmania, and Rio Tinto. The company was bought by Singtel in April for $325 million and employs more than a thousand IT specialists.