Red Cross reports theft of personal data 515,000 people

This week, an attack on an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) server stole the personal and confidential data of more than 515,000 “highly vulnerable” individuals, the organization said in a statement. These include people separated from their families and families due to migration, disasters and conflicts, missing persons and their families and people in detention. The data comes from at least sixty Red Cross organizations worldwide. The ICRC is particularly concerned that the stolen confidential information will be made public. It is unknown at this time who is behind the attack. According to the ICRC, an external Swiss company that stores data for the Red Cross was the target. There is also no indication yet that the compromised data has been leaked or published. Due to the attack, several systems have been shut down, affecting, among other things, the work of the Red Cross to reunite families. No further details about the attack were given.