Sports Argentina: massive leakage of armed forces and security forces

13:00  11 october  2021
13:00  11 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Les états civils, numéros de téléphone, e-mails et adresses postales, entre autres données, de nombreux militaires ont été divulgués en Argentine. © Reuters - Kacper Pempel Civil states, telephone numbers, e-mails and postal addresses, among other data, many soldiers were disclosed in Argentina.

Aniballeaks is the name of this gigantic data leakage. Personal information of more than one million soldiers and Argentine security staff found themselves at the end of September on the Internet.

of our correspondent in Buenos Aires,

in all, it is the personal data of 1,193,316 people who found themselves in free access on the web at the end of September. Most are soldiers, members of the army or the gendarmerie, but there are also officials of the ministries of defense and security.

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All have in common to have been registered with the mutual armed forces. The Ministry of Defense confirmed that this is the organization that the information comes from, while stating that this database is obsolete. Indeed, the mutual currently has only 575,000 affiliates.

Nearly 1,200,000 people saw their name, date of birth, civil status, email and postal addresses and telephone numbers disclosed on the Internet.

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on September 25, a link to this database has been published by a Twitter account meeting the pseudonym of Aniballeaks. In his description, this person comes as a "certified troll", and as "the enemy of the federal police". The name "Aniballaks" is most likely a reference to the new Argentinian security minister Anibal Fernandez, since it is a picture of him in the picture of the Twitter account in question.

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The published link returned to a page of the Dark Web , and was disabled a few days later according to the Ministry of Defense, without knowing exactly how many people had access to this information, or if some were able to make copies.

This is not the first time the armed forces and the Argentine security are victims of this kind of flight. In 2017 and 2019 already, data from ministries of security and defense had found themselves on the Internet.

The door open to scams

There may be a risk for the physical integrity of these people, since they are identified by their names and postal addresses. But this information is also a real gold mine for cyber-circlers, and especially those who practice phishing or phishing. These virtual scams consist of extracting sensitive information such as passwords or banking identifiers to someone with a trusted third party, a bank or a public body. With information published on the Internet at the end of September, cyberDelinquents can make more easily the confidence of their targets, and thus convince them to communicate certain sensitive data.

The mutual armed forces has warned its affiliates against these virtual scams, which have multiplied in Argentina since the beginning of the pandemic.

In 2020, the National Prosecutor's Office in CyberDelinquency has thus recorded 30 times more scams of this type than the previous year.

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