France’s Visa Application Website Experienced Cyber-Attack – Personal Data of Applicants Got Exposed | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

The French authorities have announced that the personal data of almost 9,000 people who applied for a French visa have been put at risk due to a cyber attack against the country’s official visa application website that took place a month ago, on August 10.

According to a press release issued by the French Ministry of Interior on September 3, the jeopardised data included email addresses and basic identity information given during the application process, such as name, date of birth, nationality, and passport/identity card number. However, no details were revealed regarding the number of applicants that were affected.

The responsible authorities made sure to neutralise such illegal actions as soon as they found out that a cyber attack was taking place, as well as informed the applicants whose data was exposed and recommended that they take precautions, reports.

In addition, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs took all the necessary measures to secure the platform and prevent such events from happening in the future. The French Data Protection Agency, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), has also been informed about the attack, and a judicial investigation has been initiated.

“These measures ensure that the use of France-Visas by nationals of foreign countries wishing to travel to France is carried out under the required security conditions,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

In addition, the same Ministry made sure to emphasise that because none of the exposed data contains financial or any other type of sensitive information that fall under the General Protection Regulation (GDPR), thus the misuse is minimal.

“This data could give rise to misuse but limited in its effect, in particular, because the information does not include financial or sensitive data within the meaning GDPR. They also do not allow administrative procedures to be initiated on behalf of the person whose data has been disclosed, whether on the France-visas portal or on any other French institutional site,” the Ministry added.

Earlier this year, reported that the overall number of visas issued by the French consulates during 2020 dropped by 79.8 per cent. Moreover, compared to the pre-pandemic figures during 2019, the number of short-term visas issued for the Schengen Area decreased by 82 per cent, whereas the number of long-term visas registered a decline of 37.1 per cent.

Previously, the French authorities announced that since August 9, all persons, including international travellers, must hold a valid vaccination certificate or a recent negative COVID-19 test result if they want to access public attractions and other hospitality venues.

Read also:

Original Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

forty four − = forty two