18 February 2022
The Australian Passport Office has been made aware that a list containing Australian passport data has been posted to the ‘Dark web’. Dark web’ listing containing Australian passport data
We can confirm that this listing was not the result of a departmental breach. The department has established that its source was a data breach involving a foreign airline.
Based on an initial analysis of the data, only a very small proportion includes valid Australian passport numbers, many of which are more than a decade old and have since expired.
We are in the process of notifying affected passport holders. Dark web’ listing containing Australian passport data