Jun 192018
 

Roxana Hegeman reports:

A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state voters.

The complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas alleges “reckless maintenance” of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which compares voter registration lists among participating states to look for duplicates.

Read more from AP on WABI.

Jun 192018
 

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and IDCARE have released a joint statement:

18 June 2018

On Friday 1 June 2018 PageUp Limited, an online recruitment services organisation, notified their customers about a data incident in relation to the integrity of their systems – proactively informing of a possible breach.

PageUp self-identified suspicious activity on its network and undertook immediate actions to investigate and contain the incident. PageUp notified their corporate customers and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) of the issue, enabling the ACSC to quickly assess the incident and support PageUp in their response. In line with the new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, PageUp also notified the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). PageUp is in contact with its corporate clients to facilitate notification to individuals.

Although investigations are ongoing, PageUp believes that certain information pertaining to staff members, applicants and referees was accessed by an unauthorised third party. Further information about the types of information affected can be found at PageUp’s website. PageUp has advised that no employment contracts, applicant resumes, Australian tax file numbers, credit card information or bank account information were affected.

While recognising that investigations are ongoing and that the situation may therefore change, the ACSC emphasises that there is a significant distinction between information being accessed (which means there has been a systems breach) and information being exfiltrated by the offender. In other words, no Australian information may actually have been stolen.

IDCARE is Australia’s expert community identity and cyber support service and has been working with impacted organisations and members of the community in relation to this incident.

Dave Lacey, Managing Director, IDCARE says:

‘Whilst it is important to acknowledge that breached personal information impacts people in different ways, based on investigations undertaken to date by PageUp, at this point IDCARE assesses that the direct risk of identity theft is unlikely. Identity thieves typically require other forms of personal information to successfully manipulate this type of data, such as driver licence, passport, and account details, in order to obtain credit in a person’s name or related acts of impersonation.

IDCARE assesses that there are other risks that are likely to be more relevant to impacted individuals, including the possibility of phishing emails, telephone scam calls, and specific risks to individuals concerned about their contact information, physical address, and employment details (and applications) becoming known to third parties.’

PageUp has provided public updates, and has held multiple corporate customer information sessions facilitated through the ACSC to help keep affected organisations informed.

Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre and National Cyber Security Adviser says:

‘PageUp has committed to advising impacted organisations and individuals if there are any new findings to arise as they complete their investigations. PageUp has demonstrated a commendable level of transparency in how they’ve communicated about, and responded to, this incident: they came forward quickly and engaged openly with affected organisations.’

In this era of widespread cyber security threats, organisations must be prepared to prevent, detect and respond to incidents, to engage with relevant authorities and to provide timely and open communications to those affected.

Consistent with previous advice, the OAIC, ACSC and IDCARE jointly recommend that individuals who believe their information may be held by one or more of the organisations impacted consider the following measures:

  • Immediately change passwords that may be the same as the one used during the recruitment process undertaken with impacted organisations.
  • Regularly change passwords and make them hard to guess.
  • Be wary of phishing emails by reviewing the sender of the email and be cautious of links and attachments – if in doubt, make your own enquiries with the organisation and individual concerned using other means.
  • Avoid telephone scammers – good organisations don’t call you and then ask for your details – if in doubt, finish the call and do your own research by finding an alternative contact point and checking to see if the real organisation did call.

For further information on how to protect your identity and respond to identity concerns please visit the OAIC’s data breach guidance for individuals and IDCARE’s Learning Centre.

For general easy-to-use information for the public and small to medium businesses, visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Stay Smart Online website.

To report a cyber security incident visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s website.

To notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner of an eligible data breach involving personal information, organisations should use the the OAIC’s Notifiable Data Breach form.

 

Alastair MacGibbon
Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre and National Cyber Security Adviser

Angelene Falk
Acting Australian Information Commissioner and acting Australian Privacy Commissioner

Dave Lacey
Managing Director, IDCARE

Jun 182018
 

Rebecca Hill reports:

The British Home Office’s bid to reduce the number of potential claimants from a 2013 data breach that exposed the personal details of thousands of asylum seekers has been knocked back by the Court of Appeal.

Rather than simply publishing overall statistics on the family returns process – the system by which children who have no legal right to remain in the UK are returned to their country of origin – the Home Office uploaded a spreadsheet that also contained the information that the stats were based on.

This included the names of 1,598 lead applicants for asylum or leave to remain, along with other details including their age, nationality, the stage they had reached in the process and the office that dealt with their case – which could be used to infer where they lived.

Read more on The Register.

Jun 182018
 

Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles reports:

One of the province’s most well-known home care service providers has fallen victim of a cyber-attack.

The attack has breached CarePartners‘ computer system and as a result patient and employee information held in that system, including personal health and financial information, has been inappropriately accessed, according to Ontario’s Local Health Integration Network.

Read more on Nugget.

Jun 182018
 

I know, I know. It’s a crime and it’s very very wrong, but I’d be curious to meet this woman and ask her about what appears to be her voracious reading habits.

Danny Mok of the South China Morning Post recently reported:

A bibliophile who worked in a Hong Kong public library has been arrested for using the personal information of about 130 customers without their permission so she could quickly borrow their loaned books.

The 25-year-old woman, who formerly worked for a contractor company for Tseung Kwan O Public Library and was responsible for handling returned library materials from readers between 2015 and this year, was arrested on May 24, according to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which operates the library, and police.

Read more on Yahoo!