Transport for NSW Suffers Cyber Incident
Its Online Authorised Inspection Scheme Application Was Accessed by an Unauthorised Third Party.
In southeastern Australia, the state of New South Wales, sometimes known as New South Wales, recently suffered a cyberattack.
It has been confirmed by Transport for NSW that a cyber intrusion that occurred in early April had an impact on its Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS) online application.
As ZDNet explained, the AIS authorizes examiners to evaluate automobiles in order to guarantee that they meet a minimal level of safety. Online applications must be filed in order to be considered for the position of an authorized examiner. Applicants must provide personal information such as their complete name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, and driver’s license number.
According to Transport for NSW, an unauthorized third party was able to successfully access a “limited number” of the application’s user accounts as a result of the incident.
In early April 2022, Transport for NSW identified its Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS) online application had been impacted by a cyber-incident.
During the incident, an unauthorised third party successfully accessed a small number of the application’s user accounts.
Additional security measures were put in place and monitoring of the application is continuing.
Transport for NSW is notifying affected Examiners individually and providing options to help them avoid further impacts from the incident.
We recognise that data privacy is paramount and deeply regret that customers may be affected by this attack.
Scammers may try to capitalise on these events. Customers should not respond to unsolicited phone calls, emails or text messages from anyone claiming to be from Transport for NSW related to any security matter.
Transport for NSW has stated that it would be informing impacted examiners individually and will give them with options to help them avoid further consequences as a result of the event.
Additionally, security safeguards have been put in place, Transport for NSW has promised, and the application is still being monitored, the agency has stated explicitly.
Cyber Security NSW recommends that all residents of New South Wales take precautionary measures to safeguard their personal information.
- Wherever possible implement multi-factor authentication for your online accounts
- Never feel like you have to respond to unsolicited phone calls, emails or text messages. Scammers impersonate government and business to convince people to take actions. If you aren’t sure, do your own research and make contact using publicly listed contact details for the organisation.
- Talk to your financial institution about improving your online security. Most scammers are after your money.
- Ensure you have anti-virus software on all of your online devices.