‘Dark web’ listing containing Australian passport data

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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’. 

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.

For more advice and support, please see our frequently asked questions on this issue, as well as general guidance on how to protect yourself against identity theft.

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