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Personal data of 50 million Turkish citizens reportedly leaked online
Personal data of 50 million Turkish citizens, incl Erdogan’s reportedly leaked online
2016-04-04 19:45:05 UTC
2016-04-04 20:20:04 UTC
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A database reportedly containing the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens– the bulk of Turkey’s population of nearly 80 million people – was posted online by a hacking group, AP reported after verifying some of the data. A database reportedly containing the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens, including that of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was posted online by a hacking group.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW The database, which comprises 49,611,709 documents, was posted on the website of an Icelandic group that specializes in divulging leaks on Monday.
Hacktivists claim the leaked information uploaded in the 6.6 GB file includes the first and last names, parents’ names, national ID number, gender, place of birth, date of birth, full address, current city and district of those in the database.
The attack seems to be politically motivated. “Who would have imagined that backwards ideologies, cronyism and rising religious extremism in Turkey would lead to a crumbling and vulnerable technical infrastructure?” the hackers wrote on the database’s front page, which features Erdogan’s profile.
The Associated Press said it has not yet been able to verify the authenticity of eight out of 10 non-public Turkish ID numbers against the names in the leak.
The message left by the hacktivists addresses US citizens as well, asking them not to elect Republican front-runner Donald Trump since he “sounds like he knows even less about running a country than Erdogan does.”
The database is available online on a server based in Finland. Though the source of the leak is unclear, it is likely that the data comes from a Turkish public administration office dealing with private information.