Credit card details, passwords and phone numbers of participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) have been uncovered by hackers who broke into a WEF server, the Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung reported Sunday.
The confidential data on world leaders, including South African President Thabo Mbeki, Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were included on a CD-ROM which the paper said it received from anonymous senders. The newspaper said the CD-ROM contained 80,000 pages worth of information, which so far does not appear to have been used by the hackers.
"This is a case of cyber crime," WEF communications chief Charles McLean is quoted as telling Sonntagszeitung. "We informed the police and credit card companies immediately blocked the numbers worldwide."