Jeremy Rockliff

Premier of Tasmania

9 June 2023

Madeleine Ogilvie, Minister for Science and Technology

HWL Ebsworth data breach

The Commonwealth has contacted the Tasmanian Government this morning about the illegal release of data held by national law firm HWL Ebsworth onto the dark web. 

The Tasmania Government is one of the firm’s clients, along with all levels of government, and other major institutions.

As advised on 2 May 2023, the Tasmanian Government was aware of a data compromise involving HWL Ebsworth.

Minister for Science and Technology, Madeleine Ogilvie, said Australian Government authorities are taking a nationally coordinated approach to investigate the impacts of this incident.

“This is concerning and we are working closely with the Australian Government to establish if any Tasmanian information has been impacted,” she said.

“While this may take some time considering the volume of data involved - we are taking swift action and will keep the Tasmanian community informed with further developments."

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