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Hackers Steal Payment Card Data from School Photographers’ Portal


Hackers of late attacked a firm for school photography and made global transactions utilizing Queensland parents' credit card particulars. On March 9, Queensland School Photography started sending e-mails to students' parents cautioning about the hack, although it wasn't lucidly known about the extent of the data-hack alternatively what volume of data got stolen.


The photography firm informed schools emphasizing hackers couldn't endanger any image in spite of confirmation that hackers compromised the firm's Internet-based ordering system. Brisbanetimes.com posted this, March 14, 2017.

It was urged that parents whose children belonged to the affected schools should examine for fake dealings on their payment cards and report any problem to the photography firm. There were reports of dubious transactions for Qantas flights, Google Ads and Ubers, with a particular mother reporting her account was filched off $1,885.


The firm stated that investigation was being done at its bank following payment for school photographs by customers. Police too has been informed about the fraud. According to Thurid Cook, Operations Manager, the investigation shows there wasn't any hack of the photographs, rather the breach was only of payment card data.


Neil Laycock, father of the girl studying in Tamborine Mountain State School situated at Gold Coast Hinterland stated his bank A/C had been filched off $3,000. Many parents of children of east Brisbane Alexandra Hills situated Hilliard State School too stated that the scammers embezzled with their card information. According to Kylie Brouwer, her account was defrauded off $1,200-or-so to buy flight tickets.



Fairfax Media is still to communicate with the firm to collect more information. The firm stated that it utilized Secured Socket Layers for its website as also complied with the Data Security Standards of the PCI (Payment Card Industry).


Queensland Police forwarded queries and complaints to Australian Cyber-crime Online Reporting Network that, however, didn't make its comment on request.


The firm said parents who'd asked for photographs, their orders remained so based on their receipt of a reference number obtained online. It also promised parents that their student kids' security was most important for the firm while it acted as per its privacy policy.

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