Fed­eral’s data glitch ‘lim­ited’

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

COM­PE­TI­TION en­trants and web sub­scribers have been af­fected by a data breach at Fed­eral Group ho­tels.

The com­pany told guests of their two lux­ury ho­tels, the Henry Jones Art Ho­tel in Ho­bart and Saf­fire Fr­eycinet, that “their per­sonal data may have been ac­cessed by an unau­tho­rised third party” via email on Fri­day.

“We can now con­firm that the breach is lim­ited to some past guests, web sub­scribers and com­pe­ti­tion en­trants that had elected to re­ceive mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial from Saf­fire, the Henry Jones Art Ho­tel and our Land­scape and Pea­cock and Jones restau­rants,” a com­pany spokesman said.

“We also be­lieve a very old list from a Fed­eral Group tourism com­pe­ti­tion may also have been com­pro­mised.”

The sys­tem is now se­cure and the com­pany is un­der­tak­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent.

The spokesman said quick ac­tion lim­ited the breach and “there was never any po­ten­tial for fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion to be ac­cessed”. Any­one who re­ceived an email from ei­ther ho­tel on Fri­day was en­cour­aged to delete it with­out open­ing it.

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