Australian National University (ANU) said on June 3 that hackers invaded the school’s cyber defense system at the end of 2018 and obtained some sensitive data. ANU said it discovered the vulnerability two weeks ago and the attack was carried out by a very professional hacker but did not specify the details. It is reported that the name, address, date of birth, telephone number, personal email address and emergency contact information, tax number, payroll information, bank account details and passport details in the system have been leaked, and even academic records have been hacked and accessed. Some data can be traced back to 19 years ago.
The Australian National University also disclosed a cyber attack in July 2018, but the hacker did not collect sensitive information during that attack. The hacking attack at the time was suspected of originating in China.
Since many graduates of the Australian National University later held senior government positions, data breaches could have a more serious impact, and hackers could learn about people working in different government departments. The Australian Network Intelligence Agency said it is currently under investigation.