Dozens of Afghan interpreters hit by Ministry of Defence data breach

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Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has ordered an investigation into a data breach involving dozens of Afghan interpreters working for the British military.

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According to the BBC report, more than 250 former workers seeking evacuation in Britain were mistakenly copied into an email from the Ministry of Defense asking for an update on their status.

Labor’s shadow defense secretary, John Healy MP, said: “We told these Afghan interpreters that we would keep them safe, instead this breach unnecessarily put lives at risk.


“This is the second major data breach by the MoD this year, following the discovery of sensitive documents at a bus stop in Kent in June. Obviously, the Defense Secretary needs to organize his house.”

A Defense Ministry spokesman said: “An investigation has been launched into a data breach of information from the Afghan Rehabilitation Assistance Policy Team.

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“We apologize to all those affected by this violation and are working hard to ensure that this does not happen again.

“The Ministry of Defense takes its information and data handling responsibilities very seriously.”

One of the affected interpreters told the BBC that some others failed to locate the mistake and responded with a full list of personal details.

The email was sent by the team in charge of the UK’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), which has been dealing with asylum claims since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August.

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