The Red Cross reported being the victim of a massive hack. According to the institution, the data of more than 515,000 people would have been stolen in the attack.
The hack would have particularly affected the Restoring Family Links program, which aims to reunite members of families separated by disaster, conflict or migration.
The information would have been extracted from an external company based in Switzerland where the data was stored.
For now it is unknown which group of hackers would be behind the attack and what would have been the reasons that triggered it.
“Their actions could cause even more harm and pain to those who have already endured untold suffering,” says Robert Mardini, director general for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“The real people, the real families behind the information they now have, are among the least powerful in the world. Please do the right thing. Do not share, sell, leak or use this data.”
For now, the agency is working with its partners around the world to determine the scope of this attack and take appropriate steps to safeguard data in the future.
The Red Cross is concerned that such sensitive information could be made public or misused. For the same reason, it indicates that the attack is “extremely serious”, for which the international authorities of the institution are “dismayed”.
This massive attack alerts to the need for the computer systems of these global organizations to incorporate effective security procedures that prevent hackers from stealing sensitive information from people.