The French foreign ministry announced today that its travel alert registry website had been hacked and personal data of citizens “could be misused”.
The French foreign ministry confirmed tha hackers breached into the Ariane system, its travel alert registry website, and personal data of citizens “could be misused”.
The Ariane system provides security alerts to registered users when traveling abroad. At the time there aren’t technical details about the intrusion or the number of affected people.
“Users reported receiving emails notifying them that their names, cellphone numbers and email addresses may have been stolen, but the ministry said none of the data was “sensitive” or “of a financial nature”.” reported the AFP press.
statement did not indicate who might be behind the attack.
The ministry started notifying the incident to the affected users, it also informed media to have taken necessary measures to avoid similar incidents in the future.
“We immediately took the necessary measures to ensure this type of incident would not happen again,” it said.
The Ministry confirmed that the site was now secured.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
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