Mexican Embassy loses thousands of documents in a devastating hack
The Mexican embassy stationed at Guatemala suffered a hack, current week, when it lost several thousand documents consisting of its classified information online to a hacker. There were over 4,800 files inside the stolen repository which were about the embassy's functioning, in particular its handling of Mexican citizens' personal documents.
Identified as @0x55Taylor on twitter.com, the hacker posted the data on the Web when the embassy wouldn't respond to him in terms of making a contact. The provider of cloud storage to the embassy finally pulled the files offline that it hosted; however, TechCrunch managed in substantiating the documents' veracity.
The theft that occurred of over 4,800 documents had the majority of them about the Embassy of Mexico's inner functioning inside the capital city of Guatemala. These functioning included the embassy's regular consular works i.e. acknowledging deaths and births; assisting by fulfilling various requirements of jailed or incarcerated Mexican citizens; and handing out travel documents. There were also many letters in the captured data granting embassy staff their diplomatic privileges, rights as well as immunities. Among these, diplomatic rights are more important because through them foreign embassy employees receive a given set of protections from the government as well as law enforcement of country they are posted in. Other documents included those which Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno ambassador of Mexico in Guatemala personally signed off. Techcrunch.com posted this, April 19, 2019.
Significantly, by successfully posting the exfiltrated database online, the hacker has imposed a danger to the general public. On that end it was definitely an unethical gesture. But the Embassy of Mexico too failed twice, first when they left the kind of sensitive database on a server lacking protection, and second when they wouldn't contact the hacker.
In any case, Spokesperson Gerardo Izzo representing New York situated Mexican Consul General has stated that officials were very serious about the hack in question, however, declined commenting anything further. Experts on cyber security across the Net have conjectured about the government of Mexico as geared up for starting a manhunt to catch the perpetrator of the hack and leakage of the data.
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