Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Exclusive: Visa application portal closed following SC Magazine investigation
An SCMagazineUK.com investigation was able to access the editable Schengen visa application forms of three totally random people, some FOUR DAYS after operating company VFS Global said a vulnerability had been fixed and the system was now secure. Visit the VFS Global website and it not only celebrates having handled 100 million visa applications but also boasts of being the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. It specialises in "visa and passport issuance-related administrative and non-judgemental tasks" for client governments, of which there are 45 around the world. What you won't find any mention of is what appear to be systemic failures when it comes to security. A vulnerability which first hit the media courtesy of SCMagazineUK.com contributor and veteran security journalist Davey Winder back in 2007, and led to an independent enquiry ordered by the UK Foreign Secretary, has re-emerged last week some eight years on.