SA gov employee data stolen in Frontier Software ransomware attack – Security

Nancy J. Delong

As several as eighty,000 SA federal government workers could have had their private aspects accessed in the ransomware assault from payroll program supplier Frontier Software previous thirty day period.

Treasurer Rob Lucas on Friday disclosed that “significant private information” had been stolen from Frontier’s methods and, in some conditions, printed on the dark website subsequent the breach.

The federal government confirmed the extent of the info exfiltration after Frontier commenced notifying impacted prospects earlier this week.

“I have been encouraged that the records of at minimum 38,000 workers had been accessed and that up to eighty,000 workers could possibly have been accessed,” he claimed.

“The federal government is at this time doing work with Frontier to consider and set up a far more accurate estimate.”

Lucas confirmed that only employees from the Section of Training have not been afflicted by the breach at this time.

Knowledge accessed consist of names, dates of birth, tax file figures, addresses, financial institution account aspects and shell out aspects (remuneration, tax withheld, superannuation contributions etc).

The federal government has despatched an e-mail to all community sector workers to advise them of the amount of details that was accessed and offer details on how to access support.

It is recommending that employees get quick actions to reduce their threat of publicity, which includes by altering passwords and activating two-factor authorisation.

The federal government has also partnered with countrywide identity and cyber support support IDCARE to get the job done with workers.

“We are deeply unhappy that this breach happened and are doing work intently with Frontier Software to investigate how this incident occurred,” Lucas claimed.

“We apologise to all SA federal government workers afflicted.”

The SA federal government has used Frontier Software as its exterior payroll software program supplier considering that 2001.

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