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Hack into tax agency of Bulgaria leaks virtually all citizens’ private information


A researcher on cyber-security in Bulgaria has confirmed that the personal records of nearly all the citizens in Bulgaria have been illegitimately accessed. The cause is a cyber-assault targeted on the servers of National Revenue Agency resulting in the exposure of personal information belonging to 5-7m Bulgarians, states local media.


National Revenue Agency is the tax agency of Bulgaria and it has been fined a maximum of EUR20m (USD22.43m) for being hacked. Following the assault an argument since long running has again cropped up regarding the slackness of cyber-security measures within Bulgaria.


The researcher Vesselin Bontchev who is also assistant professor serving in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences opined that the NRA hack was a maiden massive data breach inside Bulgaria. According to him, it could be safely said that private information belonging to virtually the entire grownup population of Bulgaria had been compromised.


Kristian Boykov, aged 20, and a cyber-security employee in Bulgaria was alleged to be involved within the hacking assault and so arrested on grounds that the hack enabled theft of innumerable taxpayers' private as well as financial data. Authorities searched both his office and home inside Sofia the capital city followed with confiscating PCs that had encrypted data stored in them, stated Chief Yavor Kolev of cyber-security division of the country's police. www.aljazeera.com posted this, July 17, 2019.


Prior to his arrest, Boykov would regularly post news on hacking and cyber-security on social-networking websites. During 2017, he was aired in news channels when he exposed vulnerabilities within the website of Bulgarian Education Ministry. At the time he depicted the act as completing his civic duty. Denitsa Sacheva Deputy Education Minister expressed gratitude to Boykov over the help he extended.


The NRA hack's data exposure was performed over electronic mail to the country's journalists. It consisted of names, PINs (personal identification number), addresses, information on earnings and income- the data being 21GB while of a decade-and-more back.


Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borissov used the word "wizard" to describe Boykov, stating the nation required hiring such kinds of "unique brains" which would act in favor of the country instead of against it.


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