According to reports, the Australian National University (ANU) has fallen prey to yet another incident of hacking. A similar case came to surface a year ago. Reports suggest the hack was carried out by “a sophisticated operator”. Records from ANU suggest that a breach was reported two weeks ago with an investigation followed by security agencies.
A statement by the Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt records, “We believe there was unauthorized access to significant amounts of personal staff, student and visitor data extending back 19 years.” Moreover, records suggest that “significant amounts” of data was affected due to the hack. “We’re working closely with Australian government security agencies and industry security partners to investigate further,” Schmidt added.
According to reports, the data that was hacked included detailed information on a contact, passport, student academic records, and details on the back account and payroll. Moreover, systems that had access to credit card details and medical records were also affected due to the breach.
Previous reports suggest the government has faced several cyber-attacks in the recent past. Involvement of China in the data breach had been speculated in such past incidences of a data breach, however, authorities in China have denied allegations.
“As you know, this is not the first time we have been targeted. Following the incident reported last year, we undertook a range of upgrades to our systems to better protect our data. Had it not been for those upgrades, we would not have detected this incident,” recorded Schmidt in the wake of the latest cyber hack in one of the top universities in Australia.