Targeted Data Breach Exposes Victorian Government Employees

2019, Breaches, January

Who: Victorian Government, Australia

# of Accounts Breached: 30,000 Victorian public servants

What was affected: Work emails, job titles and work phone numbers.

When it happened: December 22, 2018

How it happened: The work details of 30,000 Victorian public servants have been stolen in a data breach, after part of the Victorian Government directory was downloaded by an unknown party.

Outcome: The Premier’s Department said it had referred the breach to police, the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner for investigation. “The Government will ensure any learnings from the investigation are put in place to better protect against breaches like this in the future,” a spokesperson for the department said in a statement.

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