The personal information of 540,563 people was stolen from an emergency contacts database after the breach of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website.
According to the ministry’s public statement, the hackers managed to get their hands on the names, phone numbers and email addresses of everyone with an account on the French Ariane emergency contact database.
The platform is used by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable citizens traveling abroad to receive security updates in the event of an emergency.
“The personal data recorded during registration on the Ariane platform has been stolen”, says the ministry statement. “This data could be misused but limited in its effect since the information does not include sensitive, financial information or likely to disclose the destinations of the trips declared to Ariane.”
All those concerned have been contacted by the ministry
The French National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) was contacted within 72 hours of the detection of the attack on December 5, 2018.
All those affected by this breach were contacted by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs following the discovery of the security attack, each of them being warned of the increased risk of phishing and phishing attacks. ‘fraud.
“As soon as we learned of this attack, we put measures in place, technically to prevent any further intrusion of this type,” the ministry added. “In consultation with ANSSI, we have reinforced the security of the database affected by the attack.
Despite assurances from the ministry that those affected do not risk much harm as a result of the breach, there is still an increased possibility that those who have had their information stolen will be successfully targeted in a future hawking phishing campaign. malware.