A database containing contact details for 176,000 workers of Royal Dutch Shell has been copied and sent to groups opposed to the oil company's practices. The e-mail allegedly came from a group of Shell employees concerned with human rights abuses in Nigeria. The leaked database is about six months old, making it likely that ex-Shell employees could be involved in the data breach. Shell cut about 5,000 jobs and reduced IT contractor pay 12 percent last year.
Shell has begun an internal investigation to discover the source of the leak, The Register reports. The company has downplayed the security risk, since e-mail addresses, not home addresses were exposed, says Dark Reading.