Reported in: SMH
Tens of thousands of Australians have had their medical histories and other private information exposed in a large data breach of a company that enabled them to participate in paid clinical trials.
The database belonging to Neoclinical exposed approximately 37,000 people’s contact information and their responses to personal medical questions qualifying them for clinical trials, which included information about diagnoses, illicit drug use and treatments.
Australian Information Security Incident Reported: June 17 2019
The Australian Catholic University has revealed the sensitive personal information of staff members has been stolen in a cyber attack, in the second significant security breach revealed in a month to have occurred at one of the country’s tertiary institutions.
In an email circulated on Monday afternoon, the university confirmed a number of staff email accounts and some university systems had been compromised in a phishing attack on May 22.
“In a very small number of cases, staff login credentials were obtained successfully via the phishing email and were used to access the email accounts, calendars and bank account details of affected staff members,” acting vice-chancellor Stephen Weller wrote.
Australian Information Security Incident Reported: June 04 2019
ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt
Up to 200,000 students and staff of the Australian National University have had personal data stolen in a “sophisticated” cyber attack that echoes a similar breach last year attributed to the Chinese government.
The university has admitted the hackers stole data stretching back 19 years that included bank details, passport information and academic records of current and former students and staff.
“Depending on the information you have provided to the university, this may include names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, personal email addresses and emergency contact details, tax file numbers, payroll information, bank account details, and passport details. Student academic records were also accessed.”
Australian Information Security Incident Reported: June 03 2019
The private details of almost 100,000 Australian bank customers have been exposed in a cyber attack on the real-time payments platform PayID, which allows the instant transfer of money between banks using either a mobile number or email address.
The bank confirmed the incident late on Monday but did not say how many Australians had been affected.
It’s unclear who now has pilfered PayID information and what they intend to do with it.