Australia says server was hit by cyber security breach

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission claimed on Monday there was a cyber security breach at a server it used to transfer files including credit licence applications where some information may have been viewed.

The Australian Securities Regulator said it became aware of the incident on Jan. 15 although it does not appear the credit licence forms or attachments were downloaded.

In a statement, the regulator said on Monday that “while the investigation is ongoing, it appears that there is some risk that some limited information may have been viewed by the threat actor.”

The server has been disabled and no other tech infrastructure has been breached, the regulator added.

The incident occurred with the file sharing software provided by California-based Accellion. The same software was also used by New Zealand’s central bank, who faced a cyber attack earlier this month.

Accellion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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