The Australian National University (ANU) today copped to a fresh breach in which intruders gained access to “significant amounts” of data stretching back 19 years.
The top-ranked Oz uni said it noticed about a fortnight ago that hackers had got their claws on staff, visitor and student data, including names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, personal email addresses, emergency contact details, tax file numbers, payroll information, bank account details and passport details. It said the breach took place in “late 2018” – the same year it ‘fessed up to another lengthy attack.
Students will be miffed to find out that someone knows they had to retake second-year Statistics since academic records were also accessed.
The uni insisted: “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.”
why was this data not encrypted?