The Red Cross from Australia seems to be in a lot of problems. Personal details of more than 500 000 blood donors have been leaked online due to a mass security breach. It is a major issue having in mind that the Red Cross had details about the address, contact details, blood type and donations of those people. Moreover, the data also provides more private information. In those files, you can see if the individuals took drugs or if they have a different sexual behavior.
According to the Red Cross officials, the incident was a human error. The data included information from 2010 and most donors from Australia have been exposed. Even though the file has been erased from the website, Red Cross is now trying to find out how this was possible. It seems that the company who develops the Red Cross website left it unsecured and this caused the mass security breach.
The organisation is taking responsibility for the event. They said they are now working with a security company to make sure that all the copies of the data will be erased from the Internet. Unfortunately, the problem is bigger because a lot of people already downloaded the data. It is difficult to handle with a mass security breach.
According to the Red Cross, people do not have anything to fear because there were not so deep personal information that could put them in danger. However, donors are not happy about what happened and they want the organization to pay more attention to the security.
People should continue to donate blood. It is the easiest way to save a life and it is free. A lot of people suffering from chronic diseases or who were involved in accidents need blood to survive. It is not easy to know that your life depends on other people. However, as long as individuals will understand the importance of donating, the patients still have a chance to survive.
There were millions of people who managed to live due to a blood donation. All you have to do is to go to a hospital, find your blood type and donate. The best feeling you can have is knowing that you saved a person’s life.
If you are one of the people who had their data exposed to the mass security breach, you can contact the Red Cross. They will explain what happened and provide you more details regarding the issue.
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