Massive security breach suspected at Latvian tax office

The State Revenue Service (VID) in Latvia admitted Monday that its electronic security systems may have been breached and that millions of confidential documents could have been hacked.

The Latvian television news programme De Facto said Sunday night that 120 gigabytes of data consisting of 7.4 million individual documents had been leaked from VID’s database as a result of a data ‘hole’ in an electronic tax declaration system.


In a statement, VID said only that there was ‘a suspicion of a security incident involving possible data loss from the VID information system.’

The hole appeared to have been created in the system intentionally by a senior figure within VID, claimed representatives of a hackers’ group calling themselves the Fourth Awakening People’s Army (4ATA), which De Fact said obtained the information over a three-month period.

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