Albanian PM Apologizes for Massive Data Leak

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has apologized for the massive data leak that has compromised the personal data of at least 630,000 citizens.

A list reportedly containing the monthly salaries, job positions, employer names, and ID numbers of 637,138 citizens has circulated on social media and WhatsApp Messenger. 

“According to a preliminary analysis, it looks more like an internal infiltration rather than an outside … cyber-attack. I have an idea that this was done to create confusion and animosity between the people and (the government),” said Rama. 

It is not yet known who stole the data but it was suspected that the list was leaked from the Albanian tax service or the Social Insurance Institute.

The Tirana Prosecutors office is still investigating the breach with the cooperation of the Ministry of Finance.

“The personal data of every citizen, which is stored by public institutions and administered in state databases, is personal, protected by law, and intended to be used only for the benefit of citizens and the state only,” said Albanian President Ilir Meta.

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