Red Cross hackers steal info on half a million ‘vulnerable’ people — Analysis
‘Highly sensitive data’ including staffers’ info stolen from Swiss contractor to charity
The Red Cross suffered a massive breach that compromised the information of employees, refugees and migrants. It is not yet known who the perpetrator was.
Information regarding approximately 515,000 “highly vulnerable”The Red Cross announced Wednesday that individuals had been stolen in a statement to their website. It is believed that the data was stolen from a Swiss third party contractor, with whom the ICRC keeps it. There are no signs it has been shared or leaked publicly.
International Committee of the Red Cross urged hackers to not publish the information. It was sourced from at least 60 Red Cross or Red Crescent societies around the world. This is what I wrote “an attack on the data of people who are missing makes the anguish and suffering for families even more difficult to endure,”The hackers were urged by the organisation to “please do the right thing. Do not share, sell, leak or otherwise use this data.”
“This cyber-attack puts vulnerable people, those already in need of humanitarian services, at further risk,” ICRC director-general Robert Mardini wrote in the group’s letter. “We are all appalled and perplexed that this humanitarian information would be targeted and compromised.”
Names, address, contact information, as well as credentials for accessing organization programs, were among the data stolen. The hack also stole login information of approximately 2,000 Red Cross volunteers and staff. Also, the entire Restoring Family Links program, which links families separated by war or natural disasters has been shut down.
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