Australia data breach: 90,000 staff, students, suppliers impacted at Melbourne Polytechnic

Adam Bannister reports:

UPDATED A higher education institution in Victoria, Australia, has disclosed a data breach impacting the personal data of around 90,000 staff, students, and suppliers.

In a security alert issued yesterday (March 11), Melbourne Polytechnic said Victoria Police had notified them that an individual who attended the campus in late 2018 had “obtained unauthorised access to Melbourne Polytechnic’s computer systems by hard logging onto the network; overcoming security measures”.

The technical and further education institution (TFE) said that around 55,000 files were accessed, comprising personal data – including email addresses, passwords, and financial and health information – that was held in some of its IT systems between September and December 2018.

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