Data breach reveals data of 400,000+ ProctorU users

Occurred: August 2020

The personal details of over 440,000 users of AI-powered online proctoring platform ProctorU were exposed online after a data breach.

According to Bleeping Computer, the ProctorU database contained names, home addresses, emails, cell phone numbers, hashed passwords and organisation details. It also contained US military email addresses. 

ProctorU later said that 'the records were from 2014, and did not contain any financial information.'

ProctorU was one of 18 organisations hacked early 2020. Databases from all entities were later offered for free in online hacker forums, and resulted in investigations by universities in Australia, the USA and elsewhere.

The incident raised questions about ProctorU's security and was seen to potentially jeopardise user privacy.

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Operator: University of Queensland; University of Sydney
Developer: Meazure Learning/ProctorU
Country: Australia
Sector: Education
Purpose: Detect and prevent cheating
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy; Security
Transparency: Governance