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Incident: Frontier Software breach spreads to NSW Health | iTnews

Incident: Frontier Software breach spreads to NSW Health | iTnews

Australian Ransomware Attack, 09 March 2023

Frontier Software 2021 breach spreads to NSW Health, now reported

Frontier Software advised that payroll information of around 1600 former and current staff employed breached

Company Statement: Frontier Software cyber attack and data breach – Frequently asked questions
Source: Frontier Software breach spreads to NSW Health | iTnews

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NSW Health is the latest organisation to learn that it had data leaked in the Frontier Software data breach.

In a recent FAQ posted to its website, NSW Health said the breach impacted staff or former staff who were “employed by the Ministry of Health, as a senior executive of NSW Health, or in the Mental Health Review Tribunal, Health Professional Councils Authority, Official Visitors Program, Health Infrastructure, and the previous NSW Institute of Psychiatry between 2001 and 2015”.

Frontier Software provided payroll software to NSW Health between 2001 and 2015. In 2022, Frontier Software notified NSW Health that a ransomware attack in November 2021 included the payroll information of approximately 1600 employees. Frontier Software retained relevant payroll data in an archived system to enable data retrieval by HealthShare NSW on an as needed basis.

The data accessed was payroll information of current and former NSW Health employees. The following key types of personal information may have been included in the impacted data:

  • Name
  • Residential address and telephone
  • Date of birth
  • Tax file number
  • BSB and financial institution (bank) account number

The ministry replaced Frontier Software with StaffLink in 2015.

Frontier Software is offering free IDCARE support to those who require it.

The ransomware attack against Frontier Software took place in 2021, and in December of that year.


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