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Data on almost every citizen of Georgia posted on hacker forum – Naked Security


Personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to more than 4.9 million people from the country of Georgia – including full names, home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers, including that of dead people – was published on a hacking forum on Saturday.

That’s more than the current total estimated population: according to the National Statistics Office of Georgia, as of 2019, the country had about 3.7 million people.

The data set was first spotted by Under the Breach, a data breach monitoring and prevention service. ZDNet reports that it’s been shared online in a 1.04 GB MDB (Microsoft Access database) file.

One respondent to the Twitter post from Under the Breach said that this is “very old data” that’s been “shared several times on many open/closed forums” and that whoever shared it “is probably a leecher” (link added).

In fact, it appears that all the records date back to 2011.

Under the Breach initially thought that the entire country’s voter database had been ripped off from Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC). But the CEC denied it yesterday, saying that it doesn’t capture some of the data included in the dump – including that of dead people.