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16,000 documents leaked in Tasmanian government breach

Despite first saying that data remained uncompromised following the GoAnywhere data breach, the Tasmanian government has announced that 16,000 documents have been leaked.

user icon Daniel Croft
Tue, 11 Apr 2023
16,000 documents leaked in Tas gov breach
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The state government went back on its statement of data remaining safe last week, saying that financial data such as names, addresses, bank account numbers and invoices may have been accessed by threat actors from Clop ransomware, who were behind the GoAnywhere attack.

Now, Minister for Science and Technology Madeleine Ogilvie has said that 16,000 documents have been leaked, comprising financial statements and invoices issued by the Tasmanian department of education.

The Tasmanian Department for Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) has said that the compromised data “relates to current and historical financial information”.

Compromised DECYP data includes:

  • names
  • addresses
  • school name
  • DECYP reference number [insert number], e.g. this is used for DECYP internal account purposes
  • child name
  • homeroom
  • year group
  • business names
  • bank account (if the department paid you), and
  • learner’s date of birth (TasTAFE only).

The department has said that it has deployed “additional resources over the Easter break” and has reaffirmed that investigations by the Tasmanian government are ongoing, with both state and federal support.

In an update on the website of Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Minister Ogilvie has said that a dedicated support hotline has been set up.

“A dedicated hotline has been stood up and is available on 1800 567 567 between 9am–6pm to provide Tasmanians with advice and support, with a number of calls already received.

“We have also engaged Cyber CX, a leading cyber security specialist, to assist with investigations.

“We continue to urge people to stay alert for any suspicious financial activity or attempted scams, and a dedicated webpage is now active to assist with enquiries and information.

“We will act immediately if there are any updates, and will keep the community informed at every step.”

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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