The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was targeted by a cyber-attack and had the data of more than 515,000 vulnerable people stolen.
“A sophisticated cybersecurity attack against computer servers hosting information held by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was detected this week,” said the ICRC.
According to the ICRC, the unidentified hackers targeted an external company in Switzerland where there stored data.
The ICRC claimed that there was no evidence so far that the confidential information on 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 people in detention had been leaked online.
“An attack on the data of people who are missing makes the anguish and suffering for families even more difficult to endure. We are all appalled and perplexed that this humanitarian information would be targeted and compromised,” said ICRC director-general, Robert Mardini.
Because of the hack, the ICRC said it was forced to shut down systems around its “Restoring Family Links” program.
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