25.10.2011 27.Tischrei. 5772
Gov't departments need a complete review of their approach to data security, otherwise a serious personal detail leak could happen again.
Israelis are rightly incensed by the recent announcement that a contract worker at the Labor and Welfare Ministry has copied all their personal details and made them freely available on the Internet. According to media reports on the incident, the Justice Ministry has freely admitted that the significance of the exposure is large. On top of loss of privacy, the ministry has said that the breach includes economic and, most worryingly, physical security. There can be no higher impact of such an incident that puts at risk the physical security of over nine million Israelis – presumably including Israelis living overseas.
The thief's intention was apparently to sell the information, however somehow, all the data has been exposed to anyone with Internet access. This kind of security breach can be devastating. Depending on the nature of the exposed personal data it could be used for nightmare scenarios – from planning terrorist and assassination attacks, to blackmailing individuals to commit treason. Criminals could also use the exposed information for extortion purposes. Even a simple list of names, addresses and telephone numbers can provide the ability to burgle temporarily empty properties or commit financial scams….