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3.7M Hong Kong Voters' Personal Data Stolen

Stolen laptop

The Hong Kong government reported two laptops holding the personal information of 3.7 million registered voters and 1,200 electors went missing from an election location.

The Registration and Electoral Office filed a police report Monday for the laptops, which were stored at a backup location for the chief executive election that took place Sunday, South China Morning Post reported. Though officials said the data is encrypted, it could include voters’ names, ID numbers, addresses and cellphone numbers. 

Hong Kong’s privacy office in a statement said it would review the incident.

sector

Government (International)

reported

March 27, 2017

reported by

South China Morning Post

number affected

3.7 million

location of breach

Hong Kong

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

2017/03/27