AUSTRALIA’S system of aviation security passes has been hit by hackers, leading to fears the personal details of airline and airport staff may have been compromised.
The ABC reports a company responsible for issuing Aviation Security Identity Cards (ASIC) has alerted hundreds of people to a breach, telling them information in their applications might have been stolen.
Aviation ID Australia, which is based in NSW and services regional airports around the country, said “a localised portion” of its website had been the subject of unauthorised access.
“Unfortunately, we cannot confirm exactly what information has been accessed, however personal information that may have been breached includes name, street address, birth certificate number, drivers licence number, Medicare card number and ASIC number,” the company’s managing director Ian Barker is quoted saying.
The Australian Federal Police has confirmed to the ABC that it is investigating a potential breach, while the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which oversees the ASIC system, has been informed.