In fresh data leak news, a leak has compromised personal data of thousands of Moscow residents. The affected demography is from well-to-do backgrounds from Moscow. All the people affected are clients of a telecom network called Akado Telecom.
Akado Telecom’s owner has said that the company has started investigating the cybersecurity compromise. According to media reports, the data leaked was put up on the RIPE NCC database. RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit regional internet registry for Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Central Asia. The companies that are members of this registry are supposed to upload data onto this database. But this data did not include data like customer details which could be freely accessed.
It is not clear as of now whether it was the company itself that loaded the sensitive data onto the registry or it was done by an outsider with malicious intent. Making personal data public is a crime in Russia since 2006 and attracts a fine of up to 50,000 rubles.
An IT specialist Vladislav Zdolnikov has said that “All of those individual users, who live in the capital’s wealthiest districts could have been affected.” But the RIPE NCC database also listed staff information of banks and government agencies that use Akado Telecom.