Feeds

AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

Uses SHOUTY CAPS to say purloined data is a year old, has not been online for ages

The essential guide to IT transformation

AAPT has issued a statement in which it confirms one of its servers has been attacked, and data downloaded.

Anonymous claims it is the perpetrator of the attack and has been promising imminent release of documents that it has hill embarrass the federal government.

AAPT CEO David Yuile has issued a statement that says, in SHOUTY CAPS, that:

IT WAS BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION BY OUR SERVICE PROVIDER, MELBOURNE IT, AT APPROXIMATELY 9.30PM LAST NIGHT THAT THERE HAD BEEN A SECURITY INCIDENT AND UNAUTHORISED ACCESS TO SOME AAPT BUSINESS CUSTOMER DATA STORED ON SERVERS AT MELBOURNE IT. AAPT IMMEDIATELY INSTRUCTED MELBOURNE IT TO SHUT DOWN THE SERVERS WHEN WE WERE NOTIFIED OF THE INCIDENT.

Yuile goes on to say that an internal investigation suggests just two files were accessed. The data they contain is described as "historic" and containing "limited personal customer information."

He also says the servers have not been connected to AAPT's networks for a year, nor accessed for that period.

All of which probably represents a lesson in virtual machine sprawl, but that's probably something to discuss another day.

Yuile says AAPT has told the authorities what's up, will get in touch with customers mentioned in the files and, in more SHOUTY CAPS:

"IS TREATING THIS MATTER WITH THE UTMOST SERIOUSNESS."

An Anon, meanwhile, told The Reg the data "will be leaked when it is leaked." ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Dragnet surveillance picks up EVERYTHING, USA, m'kay?
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors
GPU-powered pen test yields more bad news about defences and passwords
Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN
Traffic fingerprints reveal all, say boffins
Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA
Mr Burns vs. The Chocolate Factory, round three!
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.