Hackers have hit the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), compromising the personal data of more than 515,000 “highly vulnerable people” around the world.
According to the Red Cross, a sophisticated cyberattack against computer servers hosting information was detected this week.
“The attack compromised the personal data and confidential information of more than 515,000 highly vulnerable people, including those separated from their families due to conflict, migration and disaster, missing persons and their families, and those in detention,” the Red Cross said in a statement. Wednesday.
The data comes from at least 60 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world.
The organization said the most pressing concern in the wake of this attack is the potential risks that come with this breach – including publicly shared confidential information – to people the Red Cross Red Crescent network seeks to protect and help, as well as their families.
“An attack on the data of missing persons makes the anguish and suffering of families even more difficult to bear. We are all appalled and perplexed that this humanitarian information is being targeted and compromised,” said ICRC Director General Robert Mardini.
“This cyber-attack puts vulnerable people, those who already need humanitarian services, at additional risk.”
The ICRC had no immediate indication as to the author of this cyberattack.
There is no indication yet that the compromised information has been leaked or shared publicly.
Although we don’t know who is responsible for this attack, or why they carried it out, we have this appeal to them,” Mardini said.
“Your actions could potentially cause even more harm and pain to those who have already endured untold suffering,” he added.
Due to the attack, the Red Cross shut down the systems that underpin its work to restore family links, affecting the ability of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to reunite separated family members.
Every day, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement helps reunite an average of 12 missing people with their families.
Subscribe to newsletters
Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss an update on the latest tech, games, startups, how to guides, deals and more.