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Mensa Under Cyber-Attack

Mon Feb 01 2021

Membership Organisation Mensa has suffered from a cyber security attack

The British branch of genius membership organisation Mensa released a statement last week that it had been the victim of a cyber-attack.

Mensa’s CEO, John Stevenage, has had to inform the board that their websites defences had been breached.

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There has been a series of events which appear to be designed to discredit Mensa's systems. As a result, we have handed details of these events to the Information Commissioner's Office with a view to pursuing a criminal investigation.

Mensa Spokesperson

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Mensa are now investigating that breach that they have stated “involved considerable resources" whilst they keep their website down for site maintenance.

Eugene Hopkinson was Mensa’s Director of Technology who resigned last week, accusing the organisation in a parting salvo of adopting substandard cyber security practises which had exposed the sensitive data of it’s 18,000 members.

In an open letter he explained his reasons for quitting the board which included multiple requests over the last two years for Mensa’s senior executives to address security issues around member passwords.

He claims that Mensa members passwords weren’t hashed out or scrambled, making it a lot easier for cyber criminals to access user accounts. He also mentioned that Mensa currently holds a lot of other sensitive data on its members that may be at risk such as email ID’s, passwords, address’, IQ’s scores of current and failed members, payment card details and IM’s.

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At this point, I have no faith that the board will take adequate action to investigate this possible data security breach.

Eugene Hopkinson – Ex Mensa Board Member

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Following on from his resignation, another member of Mensa’s board, Emily Shovlar, also quit, stating she had "no confidence that the Mensa administration will investigate this breach thoroughly or will learn any lessons from this experience”

 

For those who haven’t heard of them, Mensa are a membership organisation that can only be joined by people who score in the 98th percentile or higher on IQ tests.

They’re a nonprofit organisation who were founded nearly 75 years ago and now have 18,000 members in the UK. 

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