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The first data breach of 2019 happened in Australia. Someone stolen the details of an estimated 30,000 civil servants in Victoria state, thanks to a phishing cyber attack.
The first data breach in 2019 happened less than 24 hours into the New Year and hit Australia. According to Computer Business Review (CBR), the details of an estimated 30,000 civil servants were stolen when a directory was downloaded by an unauthorised third party. It’s believed to have phished the email address of a government employee in the state of Victoria. 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, Australia’s ABC network reported. the cyber security experts believe that the malicious hackers stolen work emails, phone numbers and job titles. Staff were told no banking or financial information was held in the directory. “The Government will ensure any learnings from the investigation are put in place to better protect against breaches like this in the future,” the department said.
The cyber security experts: The Australian attack is only the last on big organizations. In 2018 top companies like Facebook, the Marriott Hotel chain and Under Armour suffered huge data breaches
Moreover, Australia suffered another data breach just two days before. The national radio station operator Nova Entertainment warned that a “legacy dataset” of information collected from listeners has been breached and “publicly disclosed”. The data was stolen between May 2009 and October 2011 and included personal sensitive information as name, gender, date of birth, contact information and user account details. In 2018 there have been other huge data breach worldwide, that exposed user PIIs. The malicious actors violated big companies like Facebook, the Marriott Hotel chain and Under Armour. Furthermore, according to the cyber security company Gemalto’s Breach Level Index, the equivalent to 291 records were stolen or exposed every single second in the first half of 2018. And the haveibeenpwned.com website, which tracks compromised email accounts, now recognises 5.6 billion accounts as “pwned”.