Category: Public Sector

Incident: Double blow: new data breach hits stranded Australians as Emirates suspends flights out of UK | The Guardian

Australian Government Privacy Breach January 2021: Double blow: new data breach hits stranded Australians as Emirates suspends flights out of UK. Government admits inadvertently emailing revealing sensitive details of passengers booked on a repatriation flight from London

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Incident: Queensland Police Service apologises to gun owners over mass data breach in Moreton region | ABC News (Australia)

Queensland Data Breach January 2021: Queensland Police Service apologises to gun owners over mass data breach in Moreton region. QPS apologises after a data breach revealed personal details of licensed gun owners in the Moreton district.

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Incident: Ransomware attack forces three-week shutdown of NT Government IT system | ABC News (Australia)

Australian Ransomware Attack January 2021: Ransomware attack forces three-week shutdown of NT Government Supplier’s IT system. Insists the integrity and confidentiality of government data was never compromised.

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Incident: Tasmania Police called in after Ambulance Tasmania’s patient details published online | ABC New (Australia)

The private details of every Tasmanian who has called an ambulance since November last year have been automatically published online, include patients’ personal details and condition as well as the address of the incident.

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Incident: Australian Ransomware Breach December 2020 | ABC News (Australia)

Australian Malware Breach December 2020 – NSW Health, Rio Tinto, Serco named as victims of massive global SolarWinds hack attack. NSW Health appears to have been infected with potentially dangerous Russian malware since June.

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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: 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: 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: Data breach exposes tens of thousands of NSW driver’s licences online | ABC News (Australia)

Australian Government Privacy Breach September 2020: Data breach exposes tens of thousands of NSW driver’s licences online. The documents feature scans of licences which reveal information such as names and addresses.

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Incident: NSW police to investigate after leaking emails of people who complained about pepper spray at Black Lives Matter rally | The Guardian

Australian Email Privacy Breach August 2020: NSW police to investigate after leaking emails of people who complained about pepper spray at Black Lives Matter rally. Police say they launched an internal investigation after more than 150 people had email addresses leaked, but victims of leaks say they are yet to be contacted.

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Incident: ‘Unforgivable’: The privacy breach that exposed sensitive details of WA’s virus fight | WAtoday

Australian Medical Privacy Breach July 2020: ‘Unforgivable’: Privacy breach exposed sensitive details of WA’s virus fight on a public website. The breach also impacted St John Ambulance, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Justice. The leak was traced back to Vodafone pager service.

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