Red Cross data breach that impacted 550,000 donors was caused by ‘human error’

The Red Cross data breach last year, which was termed as the largest data breach in Australian history, was caused by inappropriate handling of sensitive data by an employee at a third party service provider.

The Red Cross data breach exposed sensitive details of about 550,000 prospective blood donors, including their blood type and home addresses.

In September last year, cyber security expert Troy Hunt was notified by an unknown individual about the presence of large chunks of sensitive data belonging to hundreds of thousands of people in a public-facing web server with no encryption in place.