Australian Immigration Reports Data Breaches to OAIC since July 2012

Australian Immigration Reports Data Breaches to OAIC since July 2012

Last Thursday, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has reported 18 data breaches to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). The data covers 5 years of financial information dating from July 2012.

The information revealed that there were millions of suspicious cyber events and unsuccessful attacks targeting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB). Moreover, a review conducted by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) said that the DIPB lacked ample security fronts.

In 2014, the OAIC found DIBP in violation of the Privacy Act, with the department publishing personal information of an estimated 9,250 asylum seekers. In a response this week, DIBP said the 2014 breach cost almost AU$1 million in legal fees.

To date, due to the varying range of legal issues with the different parties involved, the department is unable to provide an estimate of all incurred costs that are related to the breach in 2014.

Source: ZD Net

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