US News "The impact is global": the Red Cross is flying the data of 515,000 "very vulnerable"
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following a cyber attack, the data of 515,000 particularly exposed persons have been stolen from the Red Cross. A leak that could endanger refugees who fled war or authoritarian regimes.Following a cyber attack, the data of 515,000 particularly exposed people were stolen from the Red Cross. A leak that could endanger refugees who fled war or authoritarian regimes.
Cyberspace, not even the humanitarian. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recognized in statement released on 19 January 2022 that the sensitive data of 515,000 "very vulnerable" people were stolen from a subcontractor following a cyber attack. An leak that could endanger the victims.
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contacted by Cyberguerre, the headquarters of the Red Cross explains that the attack took place on January 18, 2022. "We did not have a hacker's message. We do not know the motivations behind this attack, which is the biggest in the history of the ICRC, "explains the NGO. It is a Swiss contractual, responsible for storing the data, which has been targeted by the hackers. The connection data of 2,000 employees and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have also been compromised.Names, location and information of stolen contacts
The severity of the incident can be explained by the nature of the data concerned: names, locations and contact information of 515,000 people at "Restoring Family Links". A branch of the Red Cross that helps to find members of families or missing people. Its site is always presented as maintenance.
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according to the information transmitted to Cyberguerre by the ICRC, the victims, whose information was stolen, In particular, children separated from their families, prisoners, refugees had to flee armed conflict or natural disasters. The ICRC is not for the moment to say what are the areas concerned, but the data came from 60 national crosses of the Red Cross, everywhere where the NGO operates. "The impact is global", summarizes the ICRC with Cyberguerre.A catastrophic leak
The profile of the victims, particularly exposed, fled a catastrophe. If these data fall into the hands of authoritarian regimes, they could help trace refugees or dissidents to make directly pressure on them and their families.
The nature of the attack also questions. The overwhelming majority of the cybercriminal activity is motivated by the money (most do not even know what they are attacking), and does not usually have to wait to make your requests known or demand a ransom. Here, the silence of the hackers can let fear a targeted operation. From a malicious actor who understood the value of the data, or even worse of a group related to a state that knew what he had fought.
The Red Cross declares in its communiqué that there is currently no evidence that this data has been shared or publicly disseminated. That's why Robert Mardini, the ICRC Director General, chose to go directly to the hackers: "Your actions could cause more suffering and pain to those who have already endured the indescribable. True people, real families behind this information you have now, are among the least powerful in the world. Please make the right choice. Do not share, sell, or post these data, do not use them ".
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