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‘Highly sensitive data’ including personnel information stolen from Swiss charity contractor

A massive hack by the International Committee of the Red Cross has compromised the information of employees, refugees, detainees, migrants and family members of all these groups, and the culprit remains unknown.

Information on some 515,000 “very vulnerable” Individuals were robbed, the Red Cross said Wednesday in a statement posted on its website. The data was apparently stolen from a third-party Swiss contractor with whom the ICRC stored it, and there is no indication that it has ever been leaked or shared publicly.

The ICRC urged the hackers not to release any of the information, which came from at least 60 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world.

write that “An attack on missing persons’ data makes the anguish and suffering of families even more difficult to bear”, the organization urged hackers to “Please do the right thing. Do not share, sell, disclose or use this data.


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“This cyberattack puts vulnerable people, those who are already in need of humanitarian services, at additional risk,” wrote ICRC Director General Robert Mardini. “We are all appalled and perplexed that this humanitarian information is being targeted and compromised.”

Stolen data includes names, locations, contact details, and credentials used to access organization programs. The login details of some 2,000 staff and volunteers working for the Red Cross were also stolen.

An entire program called Restoring Family Links, which connects family members separated by war or natural disasters, has been halted due to disruption caused by the hack.

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