British Mensa targeted by Cyber Attack

British Mensa, a nonprofit organization that has only high IQ kids as members, was reportedly hit by a cyber attack. Because of which two directors of the 75 years old UK based company quit the organization as they failed to protect the information of around 18,000 members.

The highlight of the attack is that the threat actor used the credentials of one of the organization’s directors to infiltrate the database. And so Eugene Hopkinson, the technology director, has submitted his official resignation this morning as the staff failed to protect the sensitive records of users.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learnt that details such as IQ Scores of those who attempted the test, message conversations that took place between members, payment card details, passwords, email information and hackers accessed home addresses in the attack.

A close source to Hopkinson said that the technology director has been stressing on the fact of hashing the passwords for security. But his words were never taken seriously by the management and the members itself…..OMG then what else a technology director can do…?

Emily Shovlar, the fellow director of Mensa UK, also quit her role as she failed to protect the data as per the required protocol.

NCSC has been asked to investigate the incident and the ICO, the data watchdog will also reportedly probe the incident from February 2021.

Note- Most of the Mensa Facebook Group felt that the resignation of directors wasn’t necessary at this moment, as it was a collective call to protect the data of users.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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