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A museum is victim of an attack with financial consequences.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
6 March 2023 Australia Administration Intrusion


According to sources, the victim faced an internal cyberattack in which a 23-year-old individual, who was reportedly an IT support worker for a third-party contractor for the museum, accessed financial records and systems. The attacker manipulated the account payable system, replacing the information with his own and conducting multiple unauthorized purchases. Suspicion arose when discrepancies were detected in financial data provided to contracted companies. After engaging independent forensics experts, the museum discovered anomalies and reported the incident to the police.

The suspect's involvement in the attack was traced, leading to his arrest and the seizure of electronic items. The attacker would have redirected around $90,000 as part of the cybercrime.


Australian National Maritime Museum

Claimed/Reported Threat Actor




Main impact



Recommendations to Administration to reduce Intrusion risks:

  • Implement strong access controls and authentication mechanisms to limit unauthorized access, such as Multi Factor Authentication.
  • Regularly update and patch software and systems to address known vulnerabilities.
  • Use Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS) to monitor and block suspicious activities.
  • Segment your network to limit lateral movement by attackers in case of a breach.
  • Educate your employees about phishing attacks and social engineering tactics to prevent credential theft.
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Files generated on Monday, 11th December 2023.
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