Compliance Management, Privacy

ANU data breach exposes 19 years of staff and student data

Australian National University revealed news of a data breach today that took place in late 2018 compromising the PII of more than 200,000 employees and students who were associated with the school for the last 19 years.

Brian Schmidt, ANU’s vice-chancellor, made the news public in a June 4 statement. The initial breach took place in late 2018 when the university’s network was accessed by someone Schmidt described as a “sophisticated operator”.

This breach was discovered on May 17 and exposed a long list of personal information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, emergency contact details, tax file numbers, payroll information, bank account details, student academic records and student academic transcripts.

“The systems that store credit card details, travel information, medical records, police checks, workers' compensation, vehicle registration numbers, and some performance records have not been affected,” Schmidt said.

ANU was hit last year with a similar attack.

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