Millions’ personal data leaked after cyber-attack against National Revenue Agency, Procedure for electing new Prosecutor General begins

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Top stories: Unprecedented cyber-attack leaks personal data of millions but at least “no information was lost”, says minister An unprecedented cyber-attack on the National Revenue Agency compromised the personal data of nearly every adult in Bulgaria. The news broke after the person, claiming to have executed the attack sent an anonymous tip to some Bulgarian media outlets this Monday. The attack is colossal, it seems, but only in terms of amount of data stolen. Many experts and reports have come forward since, making it clearer by the day that one does not need be a cyber security genius – contrary to PM Boyko Borissov’s assertion – to break into the NRA’s database. Rather, the data was so weakly guarded that it was only a matter of time before someone stole it. This is hardly surprising for many reasons, not least of which is last year’s – also unprecedented – collapse of the Trade Registry, which revealed that one of the most crucial databases in the country virtually runs on sheer chance. It seems not much has changed, and not much is different for the NRA’s servers as well. The hackers leaked the personal data of over five million Bulgarians, mostly from their tax returns. The data can be misused in a vast number of ways: the information is good for anything from identity theft to extortion, fraud or plain using sensitive data for profiling. As is the norm for this government, it quickly embarked on spins to make the hack unimportant. It also did its other go to: use law enforcement to pin the crime on someone and shift the focus on the alleged criminal. The special police forces arrested a twenty-year old cyber security expert, who coincidently has trained officers in cyber-crime. Kristian Boykov was held for 72 hours before he was released. The evidence against him consist of a file, which according to prosecutors, make the case of his guilt. A number of prominent IT specialists, and Boykov’s lawyers maintained that the file is planted. They presented evidence to that effect not least of which was that the file in question was created under Windows, while Boykov’s uses only Linux. But the reason for his release is not the file. His charges were changed after the NRA declared that its database is not part of the so-called “critical infrastructure” of the country. Infrastructures, which the state deems critical are sensitive to national security. Apparently, the personal data of nearly all Bulgarians does not qualify for such a title. The Bulgarian government, which co-operates this captured state for over a decade does one thing consistently and predictably well. Securing public procurements to known companies, whose unskillfulness in whatever the sphere is devastating at best. One may wonder how could a company produce a bad product, yet stay in business and actually get ahead. In Bulgaria the quality of the product is a technical formality: what wins public contracts is not ..


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