Serious flaw allowed security bypass on Italian visa site

By Tom Reeve

SC Magazine UK picked up the news, reported by The Guardian last week, of “a serious flaw in an online form left personal data of applicants for Italian visas exposed.” The story provides the gist of the incident and cites Dmitry Bagrov and Alexey Utkin of DataArt UK.

“As two Russians living in the UK discovered when using the site to apply for holiday visas, they could enter another person's reference number and retrieve data. Details they were able to read included name, place of birth, nationality, sex, date of birth, marital status and other information including passport number.

“I could hardly believe it,” Dmitry Bagrov, managing director of DataArt UK, told the Guardian. He said the flaw was “beyond stupid”, accusing VFS Global of complacency and contempt for its customers. Alexey Utkin, head of financial practice at DataArt UK, said: “They simply didn't put in any protection.”

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