AwareDecember 12, 2021, 1:31 PM
The Minister of Health had bought cryptocurrencies from a French company that was the victim of a cyber attack.
20min / Simon Glauser
In the summer of 2020, the French company Ledger was hacked. For example, it sells specific USB keys on which bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are stored, in principle, safely. Cybercriminals still managed to steal customer data and put it up for sale on the darknet.
One of Ledger’s clients is Health Minister Alain Berset, as revealed by “Le Matin Dimanche” and the “SonntagsZeitung”. Your private address in Belfaux (FR), a personal email address and your private landline number have been leaked. Asked by the Sunday newspaper, a spokesman for the Federal Councilor confirms that the Friborgian “bought cryptocurrencies privately a few years ago to understand how it works.”
Berset’s spokesperson does not provide further information on the amount of the investment and the type of cryptocurrency. It specifies that Alain Berset was not informed of this data leak. Ledger says the opposite on its website: The company warned all of its customers after the cyberattack.
The French firm further specifies that clients’ assets have never been threatened and that no information on specific amounts or transactions has been stolen. Ledger, however, warned customers about the risk that their data could be used to send malicious emails to steal passwords to access their cryptocurrencies.
(chk / jba)
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