Employees of the Australian Department of Social Services have been warned that their personal details have been stolen, as another data breach hits a government body. As this may include system passwords, there needs to be immediate action to either disable accounts or force passwords resets.
The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached. In letters sent in early November the department alerted the employees to “a data compromise relating to staff profiles within the department’s credit card management system prior to 2016”. Compromised data includes credit card information, employees’ names, user names, work phone numbers, work emails, system passwords, Australian government services number, public service classification and organisation unit.