In Bulgaria a cyber attack on financial data of citizens tied with Russia

The Bulgarian government urgently convened the national security Council after a hacker attack on the servers of the National revenue Agency. On Tuesday, July 16, AFP reported citing the Bulgarian edition. Personal data about million natural and legal persons were sent out by hackers in the Bulgarian media.

The Minister of internal Affairs of Bulgaria Mladen Marinov said in an interview with local media that the attack was carried out from-for borders and affect national security. According to him, the Bulgarian press received a little less than 11 GB of data relating to about one million physical and legal entities in Bulgaria. The stolen data was sent through the mail of the Russian company Yandex.

According to the media, we are talking about names, addresses, identification numbers and tax returns with amounts of income. As reported by RBC with reference to the publication “Capital”, reporters confirmed the authenticity of the documents, revealing their own data.

As stated by the interior Minister Marinov, the attack may be related to the recent decision of Bulgaria to buy from the USA eight new F-16 fighters Lockheed Martin. The Minister did not directly accuse Russia of cyber attack.

According to AFP, local experts called the hacking “a digital Chernobyl”. However, according to the Minister of Finance of Bulgaria Vladislav Goranov, the attack affects “approximately three percent of the database of the National revenue Agency”. He said that in Bulgaria this happens for the first time.

According to the Finance Ministry, the cyber attack may have occurred on 29 June and was directed against one of the 60 servers IRS.

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