Auckland’s Rosehill College deletes pupils’ personal data from their own laptops
The school website states all students must have a digital device as a “necessary learning tool”
A school which requires pupils to buy their own digital devices has come under fire after all data was deleted from students’ laptops during a school-mandated software update.
The newsletter, which was emailed to parents, did not mention data would be deleted from devices during the software update. However, the “e-learning” section of the school’s website, which the newsletter contained a link to, warned any material saved on the Chromebook’s hard-drive should be moved to the student’s GoogleDrive account.
Blakely said the school was yet to receive any complaints about deleted files but she encouraged parents to contact the school to discuss any problems that may have arisen from the software update.
Source: Auckland’s Rosehill College deletes pupils’ personal data from their own laptops
TAFE NSW staff details stolen after computer systems allegedly hacked
Around 30 employees have not been paid on time after having personal information stolen in what TAFE NSW said was a “targeted phishing attack”.
Reported in: 9 News
Computer hackers have allegedly breached TAFE NSW’s payroll system and stolen bank details of at least two dozen staff, TAFE and a victim of the hack said.
“These credentials were used to access employee self service functions within the payroll system and alter bank details,” he told nine.com.au. “The attempt was discovered quickly and measures immediately put in place to stop fraudulent payments.
“TAFE NSW is working with Cyber Security NSW and the NSW Police Cyber Crime unit to identify the source of the breach and to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Source: TAFE NSW staff details stolen after computer systems allegedly hacked
Thieves steal laptops with 30 years of data from University of Western Australia
Reported in: iTnews
Thieves broke into the University of Western Australia and stole an undisclosed number of laptops containing “fragmented” student data stretching back 30 years.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said in an email to students that the laptops contained “fragmented data relating predominantly to people who applied to study at UWA between 1988 and January 2018” stored locally on the machines. “The bulk of this data relates to Australian citizens or residents and includes tax file numbers (TFN) and student identification numbers, and in these cases while some names and contact information are spread across the laptops, they are not directly linked to the TFNs or student IDs,” she said.
International students that applied to study at UWA “between September 2014 and December 2018” had a wider variety of information stored on the stolen machines, included personal details, passport numbers, and Visa status and numbers.
Sydney headquartered MEGT data breach exposed students passport details, education data
Education provider hit by sizeable data breach
Reported in: Computer World Australia
Sydney-headquartered MEGT provides recruitment, group training and payroll services. The breach is believed to have related to its international student education arm.
An open Amazon Web Services S3 bucket exposed sensitive data about international students, including passport scans, visa details, and education agreements.
The collection of tens of thousands of documents appeared to include invoices, placement documents, and copies of emails received by MEGT.
.Source: Data breach exposed students passport details, education data
A West Australian school has been swept up in a “highly sophisticated” cyber security attack, understood to have scooped up the banking details of parent and guardians.
It’s understood a “significant amount of data” was taken from “institutions with a profile in financial services”, including Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton.
This leaked information could have included information relating to bank accounts, credit cards and signatures for the payment of school fees.
Source: Geraldton’s Nagle Catholic College swept up in cyber attack targeting parent banking details
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.
Source: Australian Catholic University staff details stolen in fresh data breach