World Leaders Secrets Leaked: What About Yours?

United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to the G8 Summit dinner following their bilateral meeting in Ireland on 17 June 2013. (Pete Souza)

An autofill error led to personal information of 31 world leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, being leaked.  While it happened last year, the information is just now being released.

“The personal details of 31 of the world’s leading political figures were leaked to the organisers of a soccer tournament late last year, in a major data breach caused by an email autofill error.

“The breach was caused by a staff member at Australia’s Department of Immigration and related to world leaders attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Australia last year.”

There’s an age old conflict between convenience and security. An unlocked door is more convenient than a locked one; an open doorway is more convenient than a door.

Such convenient features as autofill and linking accounts (“you can sign in easily using your Facebook account”) do make it more convenient.  More convenient for you, and for anyone trying to access your personal information and to steal your identity.

G20 world leaders’ personal information leaked in ’email error’

Image by Pete Souza is in the public domain.