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Hacker claims to have stolen the data of all Argentine citizens


October 19, 2021 12:18 GMT+7

A hacker has infiltrated Argentina’s information technology network, stolen the identity card data of all of its citizens and sold it online.

Player Lionel Messi is among Argentine citizens whose data has been exposed. (Image: Getty Images)

According to The Record, the cyberattack occurred in September, targeting RENAPER, the registry of citizens under the Ministry of Interior of Argentina. This is the place to issue identification cards for all citizens of this country. Data stored in a digital format (database) makes it accessible to other government agencies to look up citizens’ personal information.

Evidence of the attack surfaced earlier this month on Twitter when a newly registered account, @AnibalLeaks, posted photos of the ID cards and personal information of 44 Argentine stars. Nos includes information about Argentine President Alberto Fernández, many journalists, politicians and even football superstars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

The next day, the hacker posted an ad on a well-known hacking forum about a service to look up the personal information of any Argentine citizen. Facing a wave of criticism following the Twitter leak, the Argentine government confirmed the hack three days later.

In a press release on October 13, the Argentine Ministry of Interior said that the security team discovered a VPN account associated with the Ministry of Health used to look up the RENAPER database, but only for 19 published photos. dad on Twitter. The official stressed that the RENAPER database was not compromised or leaked. Authorities are investigating eight government employees who may have played a role in the incident.

However, The Record site contacted the seller of the RENAPER database on the aforementioned forum. Hackers claim to have copies of RENAPER data, contradicting official government claims. The hacker reinforced his word by providing the personal information of a citizen selected by The Record.

“Maybe in the next few days, I will publish the data of 1 or 2 million people,” the hacker threatened. They also plan to sell access to this data to interested buyers.

According to the sample data provided by the hacker, the exposed information includes full name, home address, date of birth, gender, identity card issue date, expiration date, employee identification number, identification number, card photo.

Argentina has more than 45 million inhabitants, it is not clear how much data is in the database. This is the second largest data breach in the country’s history, following the 2017 and 2019 Gorra Leaks.

Du Lam (According to The Record)

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