Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov has confirmed that millions of citizens potentially had their financial data stolen by hackers in a recent breach, Reuters reports. A self-proclaimed Russian hacker with access to the stolen data told media outlets that 110 databases that combined to hold the information of nearly 5 million Bulgarians were compromised. “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first publicly known major data breach in Bulgaria,” Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Assistant Professor Vesselin Bontchev said. “It is safe to say that the personal data of practically the whole Bulgarian adult population has been compromised.” The Bulgarian Industrial Association, the country's largest business organization, said it alerted the government to vulnerabilities in its data protection a year ago.
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