A new report on a cyber-attack at Australian government agency Service NSW was published in the Daily Swig, a cybersecurity news and reviews website, detailing new instances showing how the cyber- attack resulted in the personal details of 186,000 customers being compromised.
The security incident, which happened in April, was originally discovered to have impacted 47 employees of the governmental information office for New South Wales. The serious impacr has been confirmed as more details of the event have now been released, as Service NSW said personal information has been accessed.
When incident was first revealed earlier this year, a number of Australian outlets reported that the data was accessed following a successful phishing campaign.
While Australia’s Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act does not require government agencies to report data breaches to the privacy commissioner or affected individuals, New South Wales has pledged to introduce the requirement.
Another cyber security milestone shows how authorities around the world are beginning to pay close attention to cyber security issues. On 10 September 2020, Japan has made changes to its 2005 Protection of Personal Information (APPI) Act, bringing the bill closer in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The latest tweaks, announced this month, cover data breach reporting and the use of facial recognition data gathered from devices such as security cameras.
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