Legal Aid ACT in contact with group claiming responsibility for cyber hack as investigation continues
A group based overseas that has claimed responsibility for the recent cyber attack on Legal Aid ACT has been in contact with the statutory body in recent days.
Legal Aid ACT CEO John Boersig said this morning that 10 people had so far been identified to contact regarding their data, but this could change as work continued.
Three of those known to have been impacted have yet to be contacted.
The highest priority for the commission was ensuring the safety of people Legal Aid had acted for in matters of family law, domestic violence or immigration.
Dr Boersig said they were specifically looking out for cases where there had been an order for privacy and a person’s address or information about where they lived had been kept private.
“We act for hundreds and hundreds of people. In most cases, the addresses are known to the perpetrator,” he said.
“If the risk is such that they need to be moved now, we will facilitate that. If they are comfortable at home, but there needs to be some security around that [we will also facilitate that].”
The commission is working closely with DVCS and ACT Policing to put safety plans in place and the Australian Federal Police on the criminal aspects of the case.
Legal Aid ACT was also ensuring affected clients had appropriate legal advice and Dr Boersig foreshadowed more legal protections could be put in place for clients if required.
Anyone concerned their data may have been accessed is encouraged to contact the commission.
Exactly how the alleged hackers accessed the data is being investigated by an independent forensic examination, but he assumed