The National Tertiary Education Union refuses to pay a ransom for cyber-theft of staff and member files
The union was recently hacked (CMM May 5), with the thieves demanding payment for not selling staff and member records . However NTEU General Secretary Matthew McGowan tells staff that the union has not paid.
“The best advice we have is that we will not achieve any positive outcome by paying. They would be rewarded and encouraged by our payment, and then sell our files on the dark web anyway.”
Mr McGowan repeats previous advice to staff and members, “assume your sensitive personal information has been compromised and act accordingly.”
Member banking details are encrypted, “which would require considerable effort and computing power to decrypt.”