The French Foreign Ministry announced a cyber attack on the Visa Application Center's website.

 The department cautioned that the hacking could result in the release of some personal information.


In early August, the website France-visas, which is used to submit visa application to France, was hacked. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated this on Friday evening.

According to the department, the France-visas portal's functionality was quickly restored. However, it has been clarified that some of the personal data taken may have been stolen by hackers.

“On August 10, 2021, a cyber attack was launched against the France-visas platform module, which was quickly countered. However, the personal data collected during the visa application (email addresses and identity numbers) could have been stolen, according to a statement released by the French Foreign Office.

These details were purportedly shared with the French National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL). A government complaint has also been lodged, and a judicial probe is underway.

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