Security Alert: Potential Sale of Data for 12 Million Mexicans Registered on the Employment Portal

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Mexico City – In a concerning development for privacy and digital security in Mexico, recent reports suggest that the personal data of approximately 12 million citizens, registered on the Employment Portal (https://empleo[.]gob[.]mx), may have been put up for sale online. This alarming data breach reportedly includes highly sensitive information such as personal contact details, employment history, income, and the Unique Population Registry Code (CURP).

The Employment Portal is a government platform designed to assist citizens in finding job opportunities, meaning the potential security breach exposes not only personal data but also detailed professional information of a vast number of individuals.

The scale of this alleged data leak is significant. With millions of records potentially compromised, the risks for the individuals concerned include identity theft, phishing, and other types of financial scams. The CURP, in particular, is a critical piece of information as it is officially used to validate the identity of citizens across a range of services and legal procedures.

Call to Action: In light of this situation, the Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) and the National Employment Service (SNE) have been urged to take action and provide clear and accurate information to the public regarding the extent and implications of the breach. The priority is to verify the authenticity of the threat and, if confirmed, act swiftly to mitigate the damage and protect citizens from potential repercussions.

Precautionary Measures for Citizens: In the meantime, individuals registered on the Employment Portal are advised to exercise extreme caution with their personal data and to remain vigilant for any unsolicited or suspicious communication. It is advisable to change passwords and, if possible, implement additional security measures like two-factor authentication on services that offer this option.

Government Response: The government’s response in the coming days will be crucial. The STPS and the SNE are expected not only to address the situation with transparency but also to take proactive steps to strengthen cybersecurity and prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.

This incident is a wake-up call regarding the importance of cybersecurity in the digital age and the government’s responsibility to ensure the protection of its citizens’ personal data. Mexican society will be closely watching how this crisis is managed and expecting concrete actions that restore trust in the compromised institutions.