University of Sydney Data Breach Impacts Recent Applicants

The University of Sydney (USYD) has recently revealed that personal information of international applicants, both applied and enrolled, has been exposed due to a breach at a third-party service provider.

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is a renowned public university with approximately 70,000 students and around 8,500 academic and administrative personnel. It is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading educational institutions.

According to the university’s data breach announcement, the incident has had a limited impact. Furthermore, the preliminary investigation conducted by the university has found no evidence suggesting that local students, staff, or alumni have been affected by this breach.

“The issue was isolated to a single platform and had no impact on other University systems. There is currently no evidence that any personal information has been misused.” – University of Sydney

It is uncertain whether the attacker deliberately chose the timing of the attack or if it was an opportunistic act.

The university has stated that the impacted individuals will be contacted and provided with the necessary support to minimize the risk of exposure.

USYD is currently in the process of determining the extent of the data accessed by the attacker. In the meantime, all international applicants are advised to refer to the guidance provided on this web page.

For any other inquiries or to report suspicious communications, such as phishing attempts, students are encouraged to email [email protected].

The public disclosure does not provide specific details regarding the timing of the breach or the identity of the third-party service that was compromised.

At present, there have been no reports of disruptions to USYD’s systems. However, students are advised to remain vigilant and exercise caution when dealing with unsolicited communications.

Earlier this week, the University of Michigan also experienced a serious cybersecurity incident, resulting in the temporary shutdown of its operation-critical systems.

In June, the University of Manchester fell victim to a data breach where hackers gained unauthorized access to an undisclosed amount of data from its networks.

Furthermore, in 2023, ransomware gangs targeted and disrupted the operations of the Queensland University of Technology, the Open University of Cyprus, and the Bluefield University.

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