Red Cross Hacked Exposes Data Of 515,000 People

By Helmut Bayer, Thornical Press

January 20, 2022

GENEVA — The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that it has been a victim of a cyber hacking attack that that exposed the confidential information of 515,000 vulnerable people.

Investigators have said the hackers have not been identified, however the data breached contains data on vulnerable people that have been “. . . separated from their families due to conflict, migration and disaster, missing persons and their families, and people in detention.”

The breach targeted a data storage contractor in Switzerland and there is no evidence that data has been publicly shared or leaked.  The ICRC confirmed that the hackers have been inside their system and had access to their data and that the data was most likely stolen.

The ICRC is a humanitarian organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, founded in 1863. State parties to the Geneva Convention of 1949 and its Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005 have given the ICRC a mandate to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts. Such victims include war wounded persons, prisoners, refugees, civilians, and other non-combatants.

The ICRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  It is the oldest and most honored organization within the movement and one of the most widely recognized organizations in the world.