12 May 2008
A computer hacker in Chile has published confidential records belonging
to six million people on the internet, officials say.
The information was obtained by hacking into government and military
servers, and was posted on a technology blog.
It included ID card numbers, addresses, telephone numbers and academic
The hacker left a message saying the aim was to demonstrate the poor
level of data protection in Chile, says the newspaper which uncovered
El Mercurio newspaper reports that the data came from computer servers
at the education ministry, the military and the electoral service.
It was posted on the forum of a Chilean blog dedicated to technology
issues, but was quickly removed by site's administrators, who contacted
Links to files containing the information were also posted on another
Chilean website, and again promptly removed, El Mercurio reports.
Police commissioner Jaime Jara told the newspaper that an investigation
into the incident was under way.
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