PH: Hackers breach database of UNIFAST

Mario Casayuran reports:

The database of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) has been breached by hackers.

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The data breach committed last March exposed the personal data of more than one million Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) applicants, Gatchalian said.

He said the TES database containing the private data of 1,130,899 applicants – including their student identification number, full name, birth date, father’s and mother’s names, and address – was accessed by unknown intruders on March 16.

Gatchalian said that according to an official document that his office received, the hacker accessed and deleted the TES database and left a ‘’Ransomware,’’ a type of malicious software that threatens to publish the victim’s data unless a ransom is paid.

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