French Gov. Leaks 43 Million Individuals’s Knowledge — ‘France Travail’ Says Sorry


Présidente de France Travail, Alexandre SaubotFrench public employment administration loses management of residents’ information after largest breach in Gallic historical past.

Hackers stole 20 years of non-public information referring to job seekers from a French company. And it went unnoticed for 5 weeks. The boss of France Travail, Alexandre Saubot, has a proper to look grim (as pictured).

It’s simply weeks since 33 million French customers had their information stolen from a pair of fee suppliers. In immediately’s SB Blogwatch, we’re useless and we’re blind.

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«La Grande Cybermalveillance»

What’s the craic? Thomas Leroy is misplaced in translation—“43 Thousands and thousands de Personnes ‘Potentiellement’ Concernées par une Cyberattaque”:

Should individually notify all folks
A preliminary investigation was opened by the Paris Prosecutor’s Workplace after a cyberattack suffered by the France Travail web site. … This very important information leak passed off between February 6 and March 5, 2024.

The information stolen … have been: First and final identify, social safety quantity, date of beginning, France Travail identifier, e-mail and postal addresses and phone numbers. … By regulation, the employment company should individually notify all folks affected by this private information breach.

France Travail? Qu’est-ce que c’est? Fa-fa-fa-faa, fa-fa-fa-fa Invoice Toulas appears to resist the info—“French unemployment company information breach impacts 43 million folks”:

Will increase the danger
France Travail is the French governmental company chargeable for registering unemployed people, offering monetary assist, and aiding them to find jobs. … Hackers stole particulars belonging to job seekers registered with the company within the final 20 years. … Knowledge from people with a job candidate profile was additionally uncovered.

This information will increase the danger of id theft and phishing for the uncovered people, so … the nation’s information safety company, the Nationwide Fee of [Technology] and Liberties (CNIL) … recommends probably impacted folks to be notably vigilant with emails, telephone calls, and SMS they obtain. [It] warns that cybercriminals could use what’s out there to correlate with lacking information factors from different breaches.

La bouche du cheval? Le personnel des relations publiques de France Travail are tense and nervous they usually can’t loosen up:

We clearly apologize
In accordance with our obligations below … GDPR, we have now notified CNIL and have additionally immediately filed a grievance with the judicial authorities. … Passwords and banking particulars are usually not affected by this act of cybermaliciousness. There’s subsequently no compensation.

A preliminary investigation was opened by the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Workplace and entrusted to the Cybercrime Brigade of the Paris Judicial Police Division. … Conscious of the results that this will likely trigger, we’ll inform all recognized folks through their private area or by e-mail to whom we clearly apologize. … The safety of [your] information is a continuing concern for us.

How does this hold occurring? jihadjihad can’t sleep, ’trigger their mattress’s on fireplace:

I spent a part of my childhood in France. … One factor I’ll always remember is a scene of avenue building in a French city: It’s about 11:30am, and three guys all get carried out with the excavator and jackhammers. One man goes and grabs one thing lengthy from the mattress of a truck, one other heads to the cab and reaches for a brightly coloured bundle, and the third man grabs some chairs from the opposite aspect.

Proper in the midst of the cordoned-off building zone, the primary man units up a folding desk, the second man neatly locations a tablecloth on prime together with a baguette and bottle of wine and a few cheese and many others., and the third man brings up the chairs. These guys sat down for a pleasant meal for 90 minutes—not less than—earlier than getting again to work.

I believe my American mother and father thought, “Wow, how within the hell does something ever get constructed on this nation?” whereas my thought was principally, “That appears very nice, they appear so relaxed!”

Absolutely merely un stéréotype? Don’t contact this Nameless Coward—they’re an actual dwell wire:

Some nations simply regard privateness as extra essential than others. Working in France years in the past I acquired a letter from HR, addressed to me (at work) and clearly labelled Private and Confidential. Since I wasn’t there, the workplace admin opened it to see if it wanted consideration. She couldn’t perceive why I went ballistic, because it was “solely” a letter from HR.

I additionally bear in mind going to the mairie (city corridor) to get some info on a planning utility for a discipline subsequent door to our home. I requested to see the plans for the proposed constructing, as I used to be legally entitled to do. The secretary simply handed me your entire file, full with identify, tackle and wage/mortgage info for the customer, noting “the plans can be in there someplace.”

What to do about it? RitchCraft says you higher run, run, run, run—run, run, run away:

It ought to be apparent by now that connecting authorities techniques to the Web that include private citizen information has failed. … You’ll by no means safe that information, it doesn’t matter what you do.

Time to hit the Undo button and begin over: … Governments must put money into a personal community that’s fully air-gapped.

Is 43M an enormous quantity? ThatOne begins a dialog:

Inhabitants of France is rather less than 70 million. Given there’s a proportion of inhabitants who wouldn’t seem in an employment database—children/teenagers, homemakers, light(wo)males of leisure—that information should be about everybody having ever lived in France within the final twenty years! “Id Theft For Dummies” would be the subsequent bestseller, I suppose.

Talking of guesswork, manu0601 can’t even end it:

Take away 20–25% of younger people who find themselves learning and also you get an thought of what number of French folks skilled unemployment (you don’t join at France Travail if you don’t search for a job). That is enormous.

In the meantime, IGotOut is heading for glory, OK: [You’re fired—Ed.]

This clearly breaks GDPR, [which] states it’s best to solely maintain information so long as strictly essential. I can not consider a single purpose why you’d want info going again 20 years.

Et Enfin:

I hate folks after they’re not well mannered

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