Technology group serving Victorian government departments hit by cyber attacks

The cyber attack targeted a technology group that provides services to government departments, and the hackers are now believed to be in possession of the stolen data.

PNORS Technology Group consists of five companies providing a range of technical services to more than 1,000 customers.

The company confirmed Saturday that two of its companies, Datatime and Netway, were the targets of the Nov. 3 cyberattack.

“The affected PNORS Technology Group business handles document and data capture, digital transformation and hosted IT support for many external clients, including government departments,” said Paul Gallo, CEO of PNORS.

“Preliminary investigations by cybersecurity experts indicate that the incident was limited to systems that were encrypted and locked down.

“However, the criminals behind the cyberattack released a sample of what was believed to be the stolen data to the company overnight via a private communication.”

Logo of the PNORS Technology Group company.
PNORS said it had contacted all relevant authorities about the breach.(PNORS Technology Group)

Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) said it was determining whether data held by the state was exposed in the breach.

A DPC spokesman said the government “will continue to provide support to PNORS Technology Group to determine the extent of the information breach and prevent further incidents”.

PNORS said it immediately notified affected customers on Nov. 3, contacted state and federal police, and hired outside cybersecurity experts.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has been notified.

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