The University of Sydney is aware of a data breach involving one third-party provider which has resulted at this stage in a limited number of recently applied and enrolled international applicants’ personal data being accessed.
We took immediate steps to secure our systems and contain the incident.
At this stage our provisional findings indicate that no domestic students, staff, alumni or donors’ data has been affected.
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. We are working to contact impacted students and applicants and will continue to monitor our systems.
We are working with all parties to best support and protect any students and prospective students whose information may have been compromised.
Concerned international students and applicants can find more information here on this page where we will continue to provide updates to our community.
The University takes its responsibility to protect the data of our community very seriously, and we have notified relevant cyber security authorities as well as the NSW Privacy Commissioner.
We understand this incident may cause concern, and we are working hard to reduce any impact on the affected students and applicants.
At this stage it appears the breach relates to a limited number of international students and applicants. The University is working hard to determine the scope of the breach and is in the process of contacting affected students.
We are working to contact impacted students and applicants and will continue to monitor our systems. However, a detailed investigation may take some time and we advise concerned students to follow the guidance about keeping information safe.
All members of our community have a shared responsibility to protect ourselves and the University against cyber security threats. We encourage all students and staff to follow the guidance about keeping information safe.
At this stage we believe the impact is limited to a small proportion of recently applied and enrolled international applicants.
Last updated: 31/8/23 at 3pm
First published: 31/8/23