South Australian government employee data taken in Frontier Software ransomware attack

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South Australia Treasurer Rob Lucas said on Friday that state government employee data has been exfiltrated as part of a ransomware attack on payroll provider Frontier Software.

Lucas said the company has informed government that some of the data have been published online, with at least 38,000 employees and up to 80,000 government employees possibly having their data accessed.

The data contained information on names, date of birth, tax file number, home address, bank account details, employment start date, payroll period, remuneration, and other payroll-related information.

“We can confirm that no Department for Education employees are affected,” Lucas said in a statement.

“The government’s priority is the safety and security of every employee affected by this incident, and we are doing all we can to provide assistance to impacted employees.”

Frontier Software has been handling payroll for South Australia since 2001.

On its site, the government states it “undertakes regular independent security tests and reviews” of Frontier Software.

Last month, Frontier Software was attacked on November 13 and alerted its customers to what it labelled as a “cyber incident” on November 16. It said its systems were restored on November 17.

“To date, our

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