Second Afghan interpreter email data breach discovered by the British Ministry of Defense


A second data breach that could pose a risk to dozens of Afghan interpreters was discovered Wednesday as the British Department of Defense (MoD) investigated about the same incident that was discovered three days ago.

BBC Earlier this month, an email visible to all recipients revealed that defense officials had mistakenly copied 55 applicants for the Afghanistan Relocation Assistance Policy (ARAP).

According to the report, the email stated that an ARAP team representative was unable to contact the recipient and asked to update the contact details.

The ARAP scheme is designed to move Afghans at risk of Taliban retaliation against cooperation with the British military or government to the UK with their families.

After the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, many former employees in Western countries were reportedly targeted and hidden by the Taliban.

The BBC said at least one of the individuals copied in the email was a member of the Afghan Armed Forces.

The broadcaster on Monday reported on a similar incident involving at least 250 ARAP applicants and urged Defense Minister Ben Wallace to apologize and begin an investigation.

Wallace spoke on Wednesday about a previously discovered data breach in Congress, apologized again to the affected Afghans, and said his department was working with the Interior Ministry to provide them with security advice.

“As I say, the military minister [James Heappey] In the region, we are discussing with neighboring countries to see what both third-country and domestic applicants can do, “Wallace told MP.

“It was an unacceptable level of service that disappointed thousands of members of the military and veterans. We apologize on behalf of the Ministry of Defense,” he said.

The Defense Minister said the ARAP scheme “will continue to operate and bring people back to Britain.”

Wallace later confirmed that Admiral Ben Kee, commander of the joint operations that led the plan and evacuation from Kabul, was leading the investigation, and one was suspended.

In light of the newly recovered breach, a MoD spokesman said: This week, the Defense Minister launched an investigation into data processing within the team.

“We have taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future. We apologize to those affected. Additional support is provided.”

The incident identifies an Afghan who lost 50 pages of confidential documents at a bus stop in June and foreign ministry staff worked for British authorities on the premises of the abandoned British embassy in Kabul. Occurred after leaving.

Lily Zhou