Hackers Leak Data of 50 Million Turkish Citizens
Political hackers have doxed a massive database online, in what is surely one of the largest public leaks of its kind. The leak contains the personal information of some 50 million Turkish citizens.
A leaked database, although unauthenticated, has allegedly surfaced and contains the personal information of over 49.6 million people from Turkey. The data trove adds up to a massive 6.6 GB file, as revealed by Softpedia.
The file, compressed down to 1.5 GB, has also been offered to download via peer-to-peer networks. The data contained all the pertinent personal information that one imagines, including details such as:
- First and last names
- National Identifier numbers
- Mother and Father’s first names
- City of birth
- Date of birth
- Full address
- ID registration city and district in Turkey
The introduction toward the leak, published alongside the database reads:
Who would have imagined backwards ideologies, cronyism and rising religious extremism in Turkey would lead to a crumbling and vulnerable technical infrastructure?
Details such as an individual’s ID number is routinely used to access an array of Turkish governmental services such as voting, social security, healthcare and banking. The staggering size of the leak, coupled with the database being made public leaves millions of Turkish citizens at risk of identity theft.
A Politically Motivated Breach
The hackers also proceeded to publish the details of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s former prime minister and current president, in order to prove the validity of their claims.
The hackers proceeded to taunt the security infrastructure safeguarding the database, noting that there were “lessons” to be learnt from the breach. “Bit shifting isn’t encryption” the first pointer began while a second added “Index your database. We had to fix your sloppy DB work.”
Haphazard programming makes for non-indexed databases, a fact pointed out by the hackers.
Notably, the hackers also revealed the way in which they breached the database.
Putting a hardcore password on the UI (User interface) hardly does anything for security.
Finally, most of the words were saved for Turkey’s President and U.S. presidential hopeful and Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump.
Do something about Erdogan! He is destroying your country beyond recognition.
“We really shouldn’t elect Trump, that guy sounds like he knows even less about running a country than Erdogan does,” the hackers added.
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