Hacker exposes six million Chilean's data to make a point

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A Chilean hacker posted sensitive information about six million of his compatriots on the Internet, apparently in an act of protest against the government’s lax data security.

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, details including people’s address’, phone numbers, ID numbers, email addresses and even academic records were all laid bare for the world to see on a popular technology blog called FayerWayer. Links to additional information was also posted on a website called "ElAntro".

The information was mined from various different Chilean government and military sites, including the Ministry of Education, state telephone firms and the Electoral Service website. “Nobody bothers protecting that information", the hacker allegedly wrote in explanation of why he felt the urge to expose six million of his countrymen to identity theft.

Chilean Police commissioner Jaime Jara told El Mercurio that the police were investigating, however, the fact that it took the slow poke Chilean authorities hours to twig what had happened, and then several more hours to get round to removing the private data, goes quite a way to proving the hacker’s point. µ

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