Helsinki: A data leak has been uncovered in Finland, in which personal details of around 16,000 people were uploaded onto a file-sharing website, according to Finnish media reports.
This act is the largest ever of its kind in Finland. The data leak is being looked into by the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation.
Anonymous Finland Monday claimed responsibility for the publication of personal details of thousands of Finns. The group temporarily published a sample of information on 16,000 people as proof of the hack that was motivated by an apparent desire to shame the Finnish government into improving data security, reported Xinhua.
Finnish National Bureau of Investigation has not confirmed the claims that a loose group of hackers known as Anonymous was behind the data leak.
The list that was put on the Internet contains the names, full social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, street addresses, and email addresses of the victims.
Some civil servants and students of the Police College of Finland are mentioned by name.
Finnish police have confirmed that the names of some Finnish Defense Forces staff are on the list. The military said the leak did not pose a security threat.
First Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 12:27