September 29, 2023

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) introduced Thursday that it not too long ago found a cyberattack concentrating on a web-based database that shops the private info of mission individuals.

The NRC mentioned it instantly suspended the database to guard the info and forestall additional assaults. Additionally they launched an exterior forensic investigation to find out the scope and influence of the cyberattack.

The company didn’t present particulars in regards to the methodology of assault or who carried it out. The NRC did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

“Safeguarding the info of our mission individuals is of paramount significance to us,” the group mentioned in a press release. “The private info of weak folks in want of humanitarian help mustn’t ever be focused.”

The NRC, primarily based in Oslo, is a humanitarian non-governmental group that protects the rights of individuals affected by displacement. The Norwegian authorities mentioned it settled greater than 32,000 refugees in 2022 — a report quantity due partially to the battle in Ukraine.

This isn’t the primary time hackers have focused humanitarian organizations. In February, Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Lithuania, and the UK turned the goal of a disinformation marketing campaign aimed toward stealing their private knowledge.

In January 2022, the Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross turned the sufferer of a cyberattack by which hackers stole the info of greater than 515,000 extraordinarily weak folks, together with these separated from their households attributable to battle, migration and catastrophe, lacking individuals and their households, and folks in detention.

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Daryna Antoniuk

Daryna Antoniuk
is a contract reporter for Recorded Future Information primarily based in Ukraine. She writes about cybersecurity startups, cyberattacks in Jap Europe and the state of the cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia. She beforehand was a tech reporter for Forbes Ukraine. Her work has additionally been printed at Sifted, The Kyiv Unbiased and The Kyiv Submit.