Sberbank and VTB Bank say clients’ personal data was not included in search results on Yandex
Sberbank and VTB Bank say their clients’ personal data was not included in search results on Yandex, which until recently was indexing large amounts of private information made public on Google Docs. Earlier this week, search engine expert Pavel Medvedev revealed that he was able to find personal data from Sberbank clients and information about people shared on the websites of VTB Bank, Moscow’s Transport Department, and the travel aggregator Trip.com.
Spokespeople for Sberbank told Interfax that its experts analyzed every hyperlink that appeared online and found no personal data belonging to its clients. VTB Bank told the news agency TASS that no client information reached the open Internet. “It’s been established that the incident occurred through the fault of a third party. At the same time, information concerning bank secrets was not transferred to third parties,” VTB Bank said in a statement, giving no further details.