In recent years we have seen how hackers have been able to hack into large websites, servers, game consoles, social networking profiles and multinational companies. But hacking the database of an entire country and network and publishing personal data of more than 49 million people is on another level.
It has happened in Turkey. According to The Register, whose editors have had access to information, a group of hackers may have accessed a database with the citizens of Turkey, and sharing their 6.6 GB of information through networks Bit torrent and a website that now is inactive.
Turkey has 71 million citizens according to the census of 2015, and filtering data provides 49,611,709 people among which include the current president Tayyip Erdogan. No information about where they would have obtained exactly the data, although there is speculation that could correspond to the voters of the 2009 elections.
Currently there is no official confirmation that the data are real, so we still can not take anything for granted, but confirmed we could be facing one of the biggest leaks in history. The information has been revealed about each of the more than 49 million citizens assumptions is as follows:
- National ID (DNI)
- First name
- Last name
- Mother’s name
- Father’s name
- Full addressHackers also give advice
Turkish citizenship leaked database ? http://22.214.171.124/ pic.twitter.com/16pspqyr3S
– Dmitry Chestnykh (@dchest) April 4, 2016
What seems pretty clear is that the motivation of those responsible is political, and its action possibly an act of protest against the current government of the country. On the page where the data were hung reading “Who would have imagined that retrogressive ideologies, and the rise of religious extremism in Turkey would create a technical infrastructure vulnerable and crumbles?”
And they also have given few tips to authorities, stating that the security of their databases is practically nil and nonexistent encryption. It also sends a message to the Americans, asking them not to vote for Trump if you do not want to destroy your country as it is doing Erdogan.
Anonymous has also done today in Philippines :
Whether coincidence or not, as you have told us on Twitter, Anonymous did the same in the Philippines two days ago. Having hacked page that country’s elections late last month, has today released data of 55 million Filipino voters. Come on, that filtration is even greater than that of Turkey, a milestone.