E-mail hack leaks relief fund names

Local | Angel Kwan 18 Oct 2019

The names of 48 beneficiaries of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helps pay medical and legal expenses to arrested protesters, have been leaked in an e-mail hacking.

The fund reported the incident on its Facebook page, saying that it noticed on Tuesday that the e-mail of one of the trustees, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, was hacked from Saturday night to Monday morning.

It said the incident was "properly solved" on Monday morning and apologized for the leak.

The fund said the incident started with a staff member who sent an e-mail to Zen on Saturday night but, mistakenly, did not remove the Chinese names of the beneficiaries in the attachment.

That e-mail was sent after Zen's e-mail address was hacked for 12 minutes.

The fund said the leaked information includes the Chinese names of the beneficiaries, category of support and amount of money. The e-mail does not include other personal information of beneficiaries other than that, and the system was not affected.

The fund has already notified the 48 affected beneficiaries and would provide further assistance.

"We have now shifted to two-step security for e-mail logins," said Cyd Ho Sau-lan, another trustee.

She believed Zen was targeted by hackers as an individual, instead of his position at 612 fund.

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