Oxfam Australia investigating suspected data incident

Blogs article written on the 04 Feb 2021

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Late last week, Oxfam Australia was alerted to a suspected data incident. Oxfam immediately launched an investigation and engaged market leading experts to assist in identifying whether data may have been accessed and any impact on its supporters.

Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said Oxfam Australia had reported the matter to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) while continuing to investigate the suspected incident.

“Oxfam Australia is committed to working with all relevant authorities and experts to determine the facts and respond appropriately,” Ms Morgain said.

“Launching the investigation and ascertaining key facts have been our priorities, but this is a complex issue and inquiries are in their early stages.

“We have also taken immediate steps to further secure our environment and leading IT forensic experts have been engaged to conduct an investigation.

“Oxfam Australia’s priorities are confirming the type of data that may have been accessed and whether or not there are any impacted individuals.

“We assure our valued supporters that we are treating the matter with the utmost seriousness.”

“We are committed to communicating quickly to our supporters once the facts have been established, and we will provide updates as we learn more.”

“Oxfam supporters are at the heart of our organisation and their confidence is critical to our ongoing work in tackling the inequality that causes poverty around the world.”

Supporters wanting to seek or provide more information on this matter can contact 1800 088 110.

For media inquiries, contact Amanda Banks on 0411 449 653 or amandab@oxfam.org.au