MOQ's Skoolbag platform accessed in data breach

MOQ's Skoolbag platform accessed in data breach

Found no evidence of use of unauthorised activity on the SkoolBag platform

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MOQ has revealed that its subsidiary Skoolbag has detected and responded to a data breach related to the recent global, internet-wide security incident the Collection#1.

The technology provider stated that it became aware that encrypted login information from the SkoolBag platform was contained within the Collection#1 incident, previously reported by sister publication Computerworld.

Skoolbag is a communications platform used by schools and other organisations. In September 2018, Skoolbag had over 3,000 subscriptions.

The SkoolBag Security team became aware that a limited group of SkoolBag platform login credentials, including email addresses and encrypted passwords, existed within the "Collection#1" data set.

"SkoolBag did not find any evidence of use of or unauthorised activity on the SkoolBag platform," the company told shareholders on 29 January. "As soon as SkoolBag was aware of the issue, it took immediate steps to engage data security experts and further secure the platform."

MOQ said it does not consider this to be a breach under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme as there is no evidence to suggest that the breach is likely to result in serious harm to one or more individuals.

"This is in part because of the nature of the information breached, the remoteness of the harm to individuals likely to result, and due to the extensive remediation actions undertaken," the company stated.

"SkoolBag is committed to providing a safe and secure platform for all users. Throughout 2018 it made several security and technology enhancements to the platform," the company told shareholders.

"SkoolBag has implemented and continues to implement, additional security measures to secure the platform. It has notified individual users who may have been affected, as well as sharing further information for all users on its website."

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