Topic archives: data breach

How the government helped the Commonwealth keep its breach secret

May 3, 2018 27

The Commonwealth Bank would have been forced to disclose its mammoth data breach if the government had fulfilled its promise of requiring companies to report breaches. But instead the government took three years to do it.

Crikey Worm: Labor calls for compensation for bank victims

April 23, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten demands compensation for victims of the banks. Plus, the shocking rate of data breaches against Australians' health records. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Department of Social Services tried to hide data breach from affected employees

February 9, 2018 2

Emails exclusively obtained by Crikey via FOI have revealed that the Department of Social Services initially decided to hide last year's data breach from affected employees.

Crikey Worm: Abbott believes in climate change, says it’s probably good though

October 10, 2017

Erstwhile prime minister and globetrotting guest lecturer Tony Abbott has extolled the benefits of climate change at a gathering of "climate sceptics". Plus, the government has admitted a national security contractor was hacked last year. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

No one told police officer a warrant was needed before spying on journos

July 31, 2017 6

The Australian Federal Police told the Commonwealth Ombudsman that, oops, that law change they lobbied for had not been communicated to a police officer.

How a criminal on the ‘dark web’ likely got hold of your Medicare number

July 5, 2017 6

Medicare breach wasn't a cyber attack but "traditional criminal activity", according to Human Services Minister Alan Tudge.

Qantas data breach reveals customer details

Qantas data breach reveals customer details

April 4, 2017

Qantas revealed full passenger names and frequent flyer numbers to a passenger flying in Western Australia last week.

A tale of two privacy laws

February 8, 2017 1

The government seems more keen to punish researchers trying to do the right thing than punishing businesses for failing to keep data secure.

Over 30,000 Optus customers’ data published, but debts not automatically forgiven

December 17, 2015 1

A debt collector who tried to outsource his or her own job published the personal information of more than 30,000 mostly former Optus customers online.

Optus customer data uploaded as debt collector tries to outsource own job

December 15, 2015 3

Whoopsies. Turns out you can't just hand out people's personal information just because you don't really want to be bothered with doing your job.

Now Morrison puts his foot in it: comments compound asylum seeker threat

Now Morrison puts his foot in it: comments compound asylum seeker threat

February 19, 2014 31

Scott Morrison has compounded a serious data breach by the Department of Immigration by providing the location of documents that reveal personal information on asylum seekers.