NSW Government ‘Retires’ Accellion File Transfer System Amid International Cyber Breach

The NSW government has blocked access to an international file transfer company after servers at the state’s health and transport department were among those in major organisations hacked by international cybercriminals. The move comes as the personal information of at least 104,000 people, including NSW staff accounts, were compromised in a phishing attack that occurred in April 2020, according to a NSW Inquiry into Cybersecurity (pdf). Cyber Security NSW was first made aware of vulnerabilities to the Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) in January and established “Strike Force Martine” with NSW police to investigate the impacts on the breach. In a statement published Tuesday, the NSW government said it had “retired” all instances of the Accellion FTA “as part of the centralised response to protect customer and government data.” It confirmed that government agencies—Transport for NSW and NSW Health—were among those affected by the attack. “An assessment of the volume …
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