MoD Shares Afghanistan Interpreter’s Emails & PII

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Sep 22, 2021 06:38 am PST

BACKGROUND:

The British Ministry of Defense shared email addresses and PII on more than 260 Afghan interpreters in a bulk email that was sent out to people trying to relocate to the UK. The list included people still in Afghanistan as well as some that had been able to flee the country.

Former Defense Minister Johnny Mercer told BBC Radio: “The reality is we’ve left the vast, vast majority of our interpreters behind so this is going to have a profound impact on people who are still in the country.” Mr. Wallace revealed to the Daily Mail  that the UK “has been unable to contact eight of the 260.” The email was sent to the interpreters by the team in charge of the UK’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap). Apparently, some of the recipients did not notice that all of the emails were exposed, and they replied to the outreach with details of their personal situations.