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Personal data of 50 million Turkish citizens including its President leaked online

Database of a massive leak posted online claims to contain details of almost 50 million Turkish citizens including country's president, ...

Database of a massive leak posted online claims to contain details of almost 50 million Turkish citizens including country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his predecessor Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The bulk data, which contains 49,611,709 records, appeared on the website of an Icelandic group on Monday (April 04). The complete archive of 1.5 GB is available for downloading on both Torrent and Magnet URL.

On the download page, the hackers wrote: "Who would have imagined that backwards ideologies, cronyism and rising religious extremism in Turkey would lead to a crumbling and vulnerable technical infrastructure?"
The hacker also listed a number of 'lessons' aimed at Turkish authorities including "bit shifting isn't encryption" and "putting a hardcoded password on the UI hardly does anything for security". Lastly, the hacker added: "Do something about Erdogan! He is destroying your country beyond recognition. Lessons for the US? We really shouldn't elect Trump, that guy sounds like he knows even less about running a country than Erdogan does."

The unnamed hacktivist have posted data which is usually included in a standard Turkey ID card. It holds the first and last names, national identifier numbers, mother and father's first names, gender, city of birth, date of birth, full address, ID registration cities and districts of citizens.

The Associated Press was able to partially verify the authenticity of the leak by running 10 non-public Turkish ID numbers against names contained in the dump. Eight out of ten were a match.

Turkish officials didn't immediately comment on the leak.

Experts speculate that data have been stolen from a government agency managing data of Turkish citizens.
If the authenticity of all 50 Million records gets verified, this will be one of the biggest public breaches of its kind, effectively putting two-thirds of the Nation's population at risk of identity theft and fraud.

The breach will be the biggest leaks after the one that occurred in U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in April 2015 that compromised the personal information of over 22 Million U.S. federal employees, contractors, retirees and others and exposed millions of sensitive and classified documents.


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