Superannuation fund Spirit Super falls prey phishing attack

Sensitive personal information of 50k members compromised
01 June 2022

As many as 50,000 members of Tasmanian-based industry super fund Spirit Super may have had their sensitive personal information compromised.

The data breach occurred on 19 May when a Spirit Super staff member's email account was caught up in a broad phishing attack campaign.

The personal data that may have been comprised includes names, addresses, ages, email addresses, telephone numbers, member account numbers and member balances.

In a statement Spirit Super said that it detected the information security breach and contained the account quickly -  “… it was human error during a malicious email attack posing as official correspondence. This was not the result of a material security control weakness or technology failure. The malicious email resulted in a staff member's password being compromised.”

According to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. Spirit Super is Australia's eighth largest industry super fund by number of members.

Spirit Super was created last year by the merger of MTAA Super and Tasplan.


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