World Rugby has suspended one of its websites after the governing body was the target of a cyber attack. Hackers were able to obtain personal data from thousands of subscribers after a security breach on May 3rd.
The Sunday Telegraph report that hackers secured access to first names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of thousands of users, including players, coaches and parents worldwide.
It is not yet clear if it was a random attack to steal data, or if World Rugby was deliberately targeted.
World Rugby is based in Dublin, the governing body had to inform the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s office of the breach. The details of the attack came to light only days before the EU’s general data protection regulation comes into effect this coming May 25th.
World Rugby could have faced a reprimand from the Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) if the breach had occurred after May 25th. The ADPO will have the power to fine organisations up to €10M for data security breaches, depending on circumstances.
World Rugby also sent emails to the subscribers to warn them of the breach and reassure them there was no danger of them of encrypted passwords being breached.
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