Threatwatch

54 million Turkish citizens victimized by Russian identity thieves

Accidentally leaked credentials

Russian attackers were able to snatch ID data on 54 Turkish million citizens because Turkey’s political parties and its Supreme Election Committee shared voters’ personal information insecurely.

Some parties did not have an anti-virus system and uploaded all electors’ information online.  Within two hours, hackers downloaded all the information.

Recently the main opposition party, Republican People’s Party, launched an “e-elector” initiative that enables citizens to check electoral rolls and detect deficiencies and mistakes through websites and mobile applications.

The information compromised included citizens’ ID numbers, addresses and “father names.”

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sector

Government (Foreign)

reported

December 16, 2013

reported by

Hurriyet Daily News

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Turkey

perpetrators

Russian Hackers

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

Unknown