TAFE Queensland hacked: Cyber ransom note revealed

The Palaszczuk Government faced pressure in Parliament yesterday over when it first knew about theSECURITY breach.

The hacker tapped into inquiries and feedback data submitted through the TAFE site, but it is not known what type of data was obtained or over what period of time.

Opposition education spokesman Tim Mander called for full and frank disclosure of how many people’s information had been accessed and what type of information had been leaked.

However Education Minister Kate Jones and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath refused to answer questions forSECURITY reasons.

“This was a criminal act. This matter is now with the police,” Ms Jones told State Parliament.

“I will not act against the advice of the Queensland police and the chief information officer and release information that may jeopardise theirINVESTIGATIONS into the crime … to do otherwise would be reckless.”

Ms D’Ath said the Government was confident noFINANCIAL details or student records had been accessed in theBREACH, with the matter referred to the chief information officer, Queensland police and the Australian Federal Police.

“This cyber-crime against TAFE Queensland and the Department of Education and Training was immediately reported to authorities,” she said.

“As this matter is the subject of an ongoing criminalINVESTIGATION, I am advised that it is ­inappropriate to release further details.”

Chief information officer Andrew Mills this week confirmed that an email threat from an unknown source had alerted authorities to the breach, but would not comment further.

TAFE Queensland said the student systems had not been affected and no student records had been accessed, includingFINANCIAL data.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/tafe-queensland-hacked-cyber-ransom-note-revealed/story-fntuy59x-1227605363500

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