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Turkey to investigate massive leak of personal data

Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 6/04/2016

Turkey to investigate massive leak of personal data: Justice minister confirms leak after hackers post purported personal data of about 50 million Turkish citizens online. © Provided by Al Jazeera Justice minister confirms leak after hackers post purported personal data of about 50 million Turkish citizens online. Justice minister confirms leak after hackers post purported personal data of about 50 million Turkish citizens online.

Turkey will investigate a massive data breach that reportedly revealed sensitive identity data of about 50 million Turkish citizens, which is roughly two-thirds of the country's population.

Bekir Bozdag, the justice minister, announced on Wednesday a legal investigation had been launched, becoming the first Turkish official confirming the leak.

"I do not know from where and how this was leaked, but the [size of the data] is close to the number of the electorates in Turkey. We should look into how this breach happened," he said.

He also said that a new bill would be adopted to introduce an increased protection of personal data.

Hackers posted the purported database online in what is one of the largest public leaks of its kind.

Various random identity numbers and names of Turkish citizens entered in the database revealed authentic information confirmed by Al Jazeera.

Identity number is used to access a wide range of state services in Turkey such as voting, social security, military recruitment, medical care and banking.

The hackers highlighted information concerning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his predecessor Abdullah Gul and Ahmet Davutoglu, the prime minister.

Among the most serious recent similar incidents, the US government's Office of Personnel Management revealed in April 2015 that hackers gained access to the personal information of more than 22 million US federal employees, retirees, contractors and others, and millions of sensitive and classified documents.

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