[LINK] ATO : up hacks and down hacks

Christian Heinrich christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au
Wed Nov 25 12:39:06 AEDT 2015


On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 2:24 PM, Chris Johnson <Chris.Johnson at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> 2. Tax file numbers being hacked and used to divert tax refunds
> <http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/five-hundred-tax-file-numbers-hacked-every-day-20151028-gklcx7.html>
> "In one case this month, payroll software used by a Melbourne accounting
> firm was hacked and the personal and financial details of 1600 employees
> of its clients were obtained...
> The Federal Police advised victims that the breach was just a small part
> of a broader targeted attack on tax file numbers, with the ultimate goal
> of to[sic] lodging false tax returns, that is yielding up to 500
> individual tax file numbers every day."

According to http://www.itnews.com.au/news/the-atos-secret-to-keeping-its-infosec-staff-engaged-410716
(and other Google Searches) an appsec capability is being developed by
the ATO.

Aside from involvement by the Privacy Commissioner, I am not aware
what enforcement (if any) the ATO can enact against Accountants?

Christian Heinrich


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