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F1 2022

F1 teams attacked by global hacking network

The global hacking network based in India used phishing techniques to access email inboxes and social media accounts of victims, with F1 teams and personnel among those targeted.

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Formula 1 teams and personnel are among those that have been targeted by a global hacking network based in India.

The hacking gang known as 'WhiteInt' is based in the suburb of Indian tech city Gurugram, and targeted more than 100 victims on behalf of private investigators used by major law firms linked to the City of London.

The investigation, led by The Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, claims the 'hack-for-hire' gang used phishing techniques to access email inboxes and social media accounts of victims.

F1 teams and personnel are among the victims who were hacked, including Head of Strategy at Alfa Romeo, Ruth Buscombe, and Alpine Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer, during his time at Aston Martin.

The hackers also gained access to accounts of high profile Members of UK Parliament, the President of Switzerland, critics of Qatar state, and BBC political editor Chris Mason.

RacingNews365.com has contacted teams and requested a comment on the matter.

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