Data breach

  Australia’s mandatory data breach notification scheme, since its inception in July 2018, has seen many organisations take accountability for their privacy management. Part 1: Privacy: The Risks And How To Safeguard Against These To celebrate Privacy Awareness Week (3rd to the 9th of May) this year, privacy experts from

The data from a very significant data breach at Facebook from 2019 re-emerged over the weekend. It involved the leaking of personal details of more than 533 million users, including 7 million Australians. Facebook applied the “nothing to see here” defence, saying the leak was old.  Information including full names,

Hackers who accessed the servers of Australia’s financial regulator used the same method to breach as many as 100 companies around the world, according to the company whose software was used to gain access. Australian victims of the Accellion attack include ASIC and Transport for NSW, but that list could

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Reports of data breaches have again risen under Australia’s mandatory reporting scheme, with the privacy watchdog warning of increasing incidence of human error exposing people’s personal information. The Office of the Australian Information Officer received 539 data breach notifications in the second half of last year, an increase of five

Australia’s privacy commissioner has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to pay compensation to nearly 1,300  immigration detention detainees whose personal information was mistakenly posted online in 2014. The decision on one of Australia’s most serious privacy breaches represents the first time compensation will be paid for non-economic loss from

Flight Centre breached its customers’ privacy when it disclosed the personal information of nearly 7,000 people, including thousands of passports and credit card numbers, during a hackathon event, the regulator has determined. But after paying for new passports for those affected and reviewing its governance, the travel provider faces no

Research by French Multinational Thales suggests local IT leaders are increasingly concerned about data breaches, leading to a renewed focus on cloud security and access management. With cybercrime costing the economy up to $29 billion annually, the ‘data breach effect’ is causing Australian organisations to rethink access management. Awareness of risk

The number of data breaches reported to Australia’s privacy regulator rose 19 per cent in the last six months of 2019. Nearly two-thirds were caused by malicious or criminal attacks, including cyber incidents, and the health and finance sectors were again the worst offenders. Australia’s information and privacy regulator, the

The CEO of P&N Bank has issued an apology over a data breach involving the West Australian bank’s customer relationship system which exposed personal identifying information of customers, including names, addresses, age, and account balances. The bank today revealed “criminal activity took place around 12 December 2019” during a server

The financial regulator has received 36 data breach notifications since APRA’s new prudential standard for cybersecurity, known as CPS 234, came into effect in July this year.  Most of the breaches were “relatively minor” and none threatened the “viability” of APRA regulated entities. But several did include fraud and the