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Data Breach Details: The Australian Red Cross Has Over 1.2 Million Records Stolen

Posted by Vijay Basani on Nov 15, 2016


The Australian Red Cross forgot to lock the backdoor to their IT databases, and information was stolen.

The Australian Red Cross is currently dealing with a massive IT security mishap that exposed thousands of Red Cross blood donors' personal information.

"The leak disclosed blood type, previous donations information and donor eligibility answers."

The IT leak didn't just reveal information such as names, telephone numbers, emails, addresses, and birth dates. It also disclosed blood type, records of previous donations, and donor eligibility data.

 

Troy Hunt, an IT security expert, first discovered the leak after someone contacted and provided him with a snippet of data from donateblood.com.au that included his personal information. The person then gave Hunt the entire set of data (1.74 GB or 1,286,366 records). The information also included Hunt's wife's personal information.

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