Investigations underway into serious security breach at TAFE Qld

Queensland Police are working with other law enforcement and government agencies regarding the illegal access of an IT database from TAFE Queensland.

The hack has resulted in the personal details of thousands of students being stolen.

The illegal activity follows a number of recent similar cyber-attacks in other organisations in both government and private sectors across the country.


In a statement, the Queensland Government’s chief information officer Andrew Mills said IT experts were assessing the breach.

“The Queensland Government is working with security experts to assess a security breach of the TAFE Queensland and Department of Education and Training websites following receipt of an email threat from an unknown source.

“The government has assessed the threat as credible but low-level.

“The Queensland Government has immediately enacted protective measures to further strengthen its security protocols and my office is overseeing this work.

“The government has also commissioned cyber security experts, and notified federal and state police agencies, as well as the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

“Initial investigations have confirmed that information was illegally accessed and relates to enquiries and feedback data submitted online.

“We are confident that no financial data such as credit card information or bank details have been accessed.”