Red Cross worried about misuse of stolen data by nation states and cybercriminals after hack

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has released an update about a cyberattack that led to a data breach affecting more than 500,000 vulnerable people receiving services from the organization. 

The ICRC expressed concern that the data stolen — which was from its global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s Restoring Family Links services — would be “used by States, non-state groups, or individuals to contact or find people to cause harm.”

“This attack is an extreme violation of their privacy, safety and right to receive humanitarian protection and assistance,” the organization said. 

Restoring Family Links works to reconnect missing people and children with their families after wars, violence or other issues. Last week, the ICRC said hackers accessed servers on January 18 that had the personal information of more than 515,000 people from across the world. 

The personal information includes the names, locations and contact information of missing people and their families, unaccompanied or separated children, detainees and other people receiving services from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as a result of armed conflict, natural disasters or migration. 

They added that the login information for about 2,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers was also been breached. 

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