Data on 500k “Vulnerable People” Compromised in Red Cross Cyber-Attack

News and information from the Advent IM team.

Charities and humanitarian organisations are becoming “highly attractive” targets due to the sensitive data they hold.
Information on more than half a million people has been exposed following a “sophisticated” cyber-attack onthe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In a statement on 19th January, the Committee confirmed the cyber-attack, which targeted and compromised an external company in Switzerland contracted to store ICRC data.

At least 60 Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations were impacted by the attack, and initial analysis shows that personal data and confidential information on 515,000 “highly vulnerable people” has been exposed.

This includes data on people separated from families due to conflict, migration or natural disasters, as well as information on missing persons and people in detention worldwide.

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