German Politicians Caught in Massive Data Leak (Jan 4, 2019)
A Twitter user under the name of "G0d" reportedly released a plethora of personal data and communications from hundreds of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The information stolen and released include conversations with family members, credit card info, direct debit authorizations, email addresses, internal party communications, mobile phone numbers, and photos of identity cards. The data released does not appear to have contained any sensitive political discussion or documents. Various members of all parties in the Bundestag were affected, except for members of the AfD, a controversial far-right party. It is currently unclear how the data was obtained, and an investigation is ongoing.
Recommendation: Leaks of this sort causes individuals to be at a large risk of phishing attacks. Actors can use this information to coerce more personal data from the victim. Users should also monitor their credit in order to make sure that nothing out of the ordinary is happening and no identity fraud is being committed. The exposure of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) requires affected individuals to take precautionary measure to protect their identity and their finances. Identity theft services can assist in preventing illicit purchases, or applying for financial services from taking place by actors using stolen data.
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