Officials fear data breach may be used to recruit students or university alumni as informants.

A large-scale Australian National University has been hacked, and intelligence officials are saying China is behind it. Up to 19 years’ worth of personal data has been taken from students and staff, including academic records, tax details, bank numbers, and passport details.

The University fears that the data will be used to recruit students as informants since they have graduates throughout the public service including Australia’s intelligence and security agencies. The Australian Cyber Security Centre confirmed it was helping the university to secure the networks, protect users and investigate the full extent of the compromise following the ANU’s divulgence of the breach.

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