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ACU latest university as victim of online phishing


Australian Catholic University recently confirmed a data hack which targeted its servers following certain phishing attack. The university stated it came to know about the hack May 22, 2019; however, didn't mention the exact date and time of the assault.


Dr. Stephen Weller acting vice-chancellor of ACU described the phishing e-mail as impersonating ACU as it duped recipients into pursuing one web-link alternatively viewing an attachment followed with providing their credentials on one phony login page for the university. www.arnnet.com.au posted this, June 18, 2019.


The social engineering tactic enabled the hackers obtain a few staff login details and thereafter utilize them to gain admission into e-mail A/Cs, bank A/C info and calendars belonging to the affected campus inmates.


According to Weller, his university has by now notified everybody directly impacted as well as reconfigured the accounts which the hackers compromised. ACU further informed ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network) and OAIC (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner) regarding the hack.


In an advisory to students and staff, the university authorities told them to act with reservation towards phishing assaults via saving passwords securely, while make all passwords up-to-date, and dismiss pursuing suspicious e-mail links. There are 7 campuses that ACU runs all over Australia with a pupil enrollment of more than 35,000.


In response to the hack, Dr. Weller said ACU's greatest urgency was towards safeguarding information and data pertaining to its students and staff. The university acted upon its responsibilities very seriously for its IT systems' and databases' security, the acting VC added. www.crn.com.au posted this, June 18, 2019.


Dr. Weller further added that the university upheld the vitality of staff and students' awareness of cyber-security even as it reviewed the institution's awareness programs on cyber-security.


Meanwhile, ANU could not categorically state the origin of the attack; however, stated the attackers might've gained admission into information comprising staff and students' names, phone numbers, birth-dates, postal addresses, emergency contact particulars and personal e-mail ids, payroll information, tax file codes, passport details and bank account particulars.


In another recent disclosed instance of university hack, Australian National University encountered one with its time of occurrence as late-2018.


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