The Irish National Teacher’s Organisation suffers breach affecting up to 30,000 teachers

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) warns that personal details of up to 30,000 teachers in Ireland may be at risk because of a breach.

Teachers who completed online courses on the INTO’s learning website ( in the past few years, including retired teachers who had booked retirement planning courses, may be affected.

The union has announced that the breach occurred last week and allowed hackers to access names, email addresses, city, country, gender and course information. In a limited number of cases, hackers also accessed mobile numbers, school roll number, role in school, INTO membership number and Teaching Council registration number.

The union has confirmed that no payments or passwords were accessed as these are stored separately.

The hack, which is believed to have been carried out by hackers overseas, has been reported to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and An Garda Siochána.

It is believed the goal of this breach was to use the website’s server as a base from which to send spam messages.

With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation due to be enforced in eight months, breaches like these may become extremely costly for organisations.

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