Hackers access 19 years of ANU student and staff data

Hackers access 19 years of ANU student and staff data

The Australian National University (ANU) has been hacked by a “sophisticated operator”, resulting in unauthorised access of the personal data of ANU staff, students and visitors going back 19 years.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the hack occurred in late 2018 and went unnoticed until two weeks ago.

Information accessed includes some names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, personal emails, tax file numbers, bank account details, passport details and student academic records.

“We believe there was unauthorised access to significant amounts of personal staff, student and visitor data extending back 19 years,” said Professor Schmidt.

However, credit card details, travel information, medical records, police checks, workers’ compensation records, vehicle registration numbers and some performance records were not affected.

The incident was detected after ANU undertook system upgrades in response to a previous hack in July last year that was contained without impact.

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