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French official visa platform has hit by a cyber attack. Almost 8,700 people involved. However, the information possibly stolen does should not include financial or sensitive data within the meaning of the GDPR
The official French visa platform has been hit by cybercrime. It has been denounced by the Paris Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, that released a joint statement. The cyber attack has been stopped quickly, but personal data recorded when entering a visa application (email addresses and identity data) could nevertheless be stolen. Its seems the incident involves almost 8,700 people. 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 of the 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. However, individual information messages to the people concerned were sent with recommendations for vigilance and precautions to be taken.