Albania’s Prime Minister Issues Data Leak Apology
The prime minister of Albania has issued a public apology after the personal data of hundreds of thousands of Albanian citizens was allegedly leaked online.
An Excel file containing what appears to be data relating to employees in the public and private sectors was found circulating on social media and has reportedly been broadly shared through messaging apps.
Personal information allegedly exposed in the file includes the monthly salaries, job titles, employer names, and ID numbers of approximately 637,138 individuals.
BIRN reports that while an investigation by the Tirana Prosecutor’s Office to verify the authenticity of the data remains ongoing, suspicions have been raised that the information was leaked from either Albania's tax service or its Social Insurance Institute.
Speaking on Thursday, Albania's prime minster, Edi Rama, apologized for the security incident, which he said did not appear to be the result of malicious action by an external threat actor.
"According to a preliminary analysis, it looks more like an internal infiltration rather than an outside . . . cyber-attack,” Rama told a press conference.
He added: “I have an idea that this was done to create confusion and animosity between the people and (the government).”
Government spokesman Endri Fuga