It has come to our attention that a third-party service CryptoAUSTRALIA relies on was involved in a data breach. We, at CryptoAUSTRALIA, use the online service called 'Typeform' for collecting our newsletter subscriptions and volunteer applications. As of today, we are not aware that our community was affected by the Typeform data breach. As a precaution, however, we have taken steps to protect the privacy of our community.
What did happen at Typeform and how it is related to us
Typeform is a freemium service allowing you to create simple and easy web forms. At CryptoAUSTRALIA, we relied on Typeform to host our newsletter sign-up and volunteer application forms.
Typeform has announced that on 27 June, someone had managed to gain access to one of their servers.
The company said that it was a partial data breach, and the incident did not affect every single customer. The company also said they would notify their customers who were affected by the data breach. In other words, Typeform customers not receiving a data breach notification email were not affected by the data breach.
CryptoAUSTRALIA was not affected by the Typeform data breach
According to Typeform, "If you didn’t get an email, you weren’t affected". As of today, CryptoAUSTRALIA has NOT received any email from Typeform advising us of a data breach affecting our community. That means that any personal details submitted through the newsletter subscription and volunteer application forms on the CryptoAUSTRALIA website are NOT affected.
Because the privacy and security of our community is paramount, we have taken the following safety measures as a precaution:
- We have changed the password of our Typeform account;
- We have deleted the submitted newsletter subscriber form data on Typeform;
- We have deleted the submitted volunteer application form data on Typeform;
- We have replaced the Typeform newsletter sign-up page with a web form provided by MailChimp (we use MailChimp for the newsletters);
- We have sent a notification email anyone who has ever subscribed or applied through Typeform on the CryptoAUSTRALIA website advising them to read this article for the details;
- For now, we have NOT replaced the Typeform volunteer application form due to the relatively low volume of applications.
If our situation changes concerning the Typeform data breach, we will take the appropriate steps to remediate the situation and keep our community updated.
Should you have any questions with regards to this data breach, please drop us a message on the Contact us page.
Gabor & The CryptoAUSTRALIA Team
Make sure to check out our three brand-new events in Sydney and Melbourne:
Cybersecurity for Lawyers
A growing number of cybercriminals are targeting the legal profession way too often with cyber attacks including payment redirection scams, leaving Australian families homeless in extreme cases.
On 10 July, we will empower legal professionals with a hands-on workshop to allow them to protect their clients from all sorts of cyber scams.
Drink beers and opt-out from My Health Record (Sydney)
By the end of the year, a 'My Health Record' will be created for every Australian by default. This is being done with poor transparency and without adequate privacy protections to prevent health data from being stolen and/or misused. Once your record is created it is there forever. You will not be allowed to opt out later, and your health record cannot be deleted.
On 19 July, we will drink beers and have fun at the local watering hole, while we all opt-out from 'My Health Record' together.
My Health Record: Should I Opt Out? (Melbourne)
On 7 August, CryptoAUSTRALIA volunteer, Mark, will present an argument for opting out, and he will also present an argument not to opt out. You can decide which is right for you.
We hope to see you at the next event!