Category: Australian InfoSec Incidents 2020

Incident: Law In Order hit by ransomware attack | iTnews

Australian Netwalker Ransomware Attack November 2020. Australian end-to-end document and digital solutions provider to the legal industry Law In Order says it has suffered a “cyber security incident” and has had to limit access to most of its website as a precaution.

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Incident: Bugged lawyers’ conversations available to police thanks to ‘IT error’ | The Age

Australian Privacy Breach November 2020. Bugged lawyers’ conversations available to Victorian police thanks to ‘IT error’. The massive breach of the rights to confidentiality and legal professional privilege has potentially contaminated an unknown number of criminal cases and convictions.

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Incident: Orchard worker recruiter exposed sensitive personal data | iTnews

Australian Workers Data Exposed October 2020. Orchard Tech a Melbourne company recruiting horticultural workers exposed sensitive personal data. AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) instance containing thousands of sensitive personal documents left open for anyone to access for over a month.

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Incident: Nitro Software user database put up for sale on dark web | iTWire

Australian Service Provider Hacked? October 2020: Nitro Software user database put up for sale on dark web. A group that uses the name Shiny Hunters appears to have put up a database exfiltrated during a data breach of ASX-listed Nitro Software, a firm that offers a service to create, edit and sign PDFs and digital documents, on the dark web for sale.

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Incident: DFAT Stranded Aussies’ identities exposed again | The Canberra Times

Australian Government Privacy Breach Again October 2020: DFAT Stranded Aussies’ identities exposed again. The identities of Australians stranded overseas have been accidentally exposed for the third time in as many months.

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Incident: Melbourne council apologises for data breach | Government News (Australia)

Australian Privacy Breach October 2020: City of Port Phillip Council has apologised for accidentally sharing personal information identifying people who reported graffiti on a public government website. The data is open to the public so council is unable to say who has accessed it.

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Incident: Cyberattack strikes media-monitoring company used by Australian government | The Guardian

Australian Ransomware Attack October 2020. Australian media monitoring provider Isentia ransomware attack expected to cost at least $7 million. Australian Cyber Security Centre is assisting Isentia, which has ‘most government departments and large corporations’ as clients.

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Incident: Spotless hit by ransomware attack | iTnews

Australian Ransomware Attack October 2020: Spotless Group, the Downer-owned facilities services provider, is the latest high-profile Australian company to fall victim to ransomware attackers. Confirms a ‘number’ of servers ‘accessed’.

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Incident: DFAT admits email addresses of almost 3,000 Australians stranded overseas released in breach | The Guardian

Australian Government Privacy Breach September 2020: DFAT admits email addresses of almost 3,000 Australians stranded overseas released in breach. Addressees were mistakenly listed in the ‘to’ field, rather than ‘bcc’, making them visible to other recipients.

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NZ Incident: RC plane and drone users’ details leaked by CAA New Zealand | xjet

New Zealand Privacy Breach September 2020: RC plane and drone users’ details leaked by CAA New Zealand. CAA New Zealand violation of privacy involving people from around the world who filed complaints with them.

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Incident: Top Australian tenancy blacklist firm under investigation by information commissioner | The Guardian

Australian Potential Data Breach September 2020: Top Australian tenancy blacklist firm under investigation by information commissioner. Trading Reference Australia obtains injunction to not hand over details to information commissioner

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Incident: Anglicare Sydney being held to ransom over sensitive data stolen from computer system | ABC News (Australia)

Australian Medical Privacy Breach September 2020: Anglicare Sydney being held to ransom over sensitive data stolen from computer system, 17GB data transmitted to ‘remote location’ after attack.

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Incident: Why you shouldn’t post a picture of a boarding pass on social media | SMH

Australian Social Media Privacy Breach September 2020: Why you shouldn’t post a picture of a boarding pass on social media. Security experts are repeating warnings to keep pictures of documents with personal information and barcode.

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Incident: Specsavers – Adelaide optometrist struck off register after tampering with hundreds of glasses prescriptions | ABC News (Australia)

Australian Insider Threat September 2020. Specsavers – Adelaide optometrist struck off register after tampering with hundreds of glasses prescriptions. Investigations revealed somebody had “systematically” altered the prescriptions using the optometrist’s login details.

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Incident: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to be questioned by Office of Australian Information Commissioner after data breach | The Courier Mail

Australian Email Privacy Breach September 2020: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to be questioned by Office of Australian Information Commissioner after an email data breach leaking the personal details of 617 members, including millionaire business owners, doctors and barristers.

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