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A hacker broke into Bulgaria's tax system and stole the details of every working adult in the country

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A hacker broke into Bulgaria's largest tax database, and stole the financial details of every working adult in the country, before releasing them online.

In their search for the perpetrator, police arrested 20-year-old Kristian Boykov last Tuesday, charging him with committing a computer crime against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Sofia City Prosecutor's Office allege Boykov hacked the National Revenue Agency (NRA) database in June, taking the social security, bank, and salary information of five million taxpaying Bulgarians.

Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency building in Sofia, Bulgaria,Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency building in Sofia.  Reuters

Police raided Boykov's home in Sofia on Wednesday and seized computer devices containing encrypted data, Reuters reported.

Yavor Kolev, head of the police's cybersecurity unit, said the evidence "suggests that the suspect is connected to the crime."

Read more: 7 things you can hire a hacker to do and how much it will (generally) cost

Boykov's initial charge, which could have seen him face a maximum of eight years in jail, was downgraded by the prosecutor's office on Thursday due to a "lack of previous criminal record, his good character, and young age," the Sofia News Agency reported.

He could now face three years in jail on one charge of committing a crime against an information system.

Boykov's lawyer, Georgi Stefanov, told Reuters his client denies the charge.

The hack is the country's biggest-ever data breach, and the government may fine the NRA €20 million ($22.4 million) over it.

Bulgarian blogger and political analyst Asen Genov told CNN: "We should all be angry ... The information is now freely available to anyone."

"Many, many people in Bulgaria already have this file, and I believe that it's not only in Bulgaria."




Sursa: https://www.businessinsider.com/hacker-steals-personal-data-every-taxpayer-bulgaria-2019-7

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