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20-yr-old ‘wizard’ hacked data of almost entire Bulgaria’s population

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jul 22, 2019, 4:01 pm IST
Updated Jul 22, 2019, 4:01 pm IST
In the latest hacking, nearly every working person in Bulgaria was affected.
Police raided his home and seized computers and mobile devices with encrypted information. (Photo: LinkedIn)
 Police raided his home and seized computers and mobile devices with encrypted information. (Photo: LinkedIn)

London: A 20-year-old hacker has more or less broken into the entire population – hacked personal data of more than five million of the total seven million -- of Bulgarian residents, reported News18.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov could not help saying that Kristian Boykov is a "wizard" hacker and the country should hire similar people to work for the state.

 

Released after charged were downgraded, the 20-year-old Bulgarian cybersecurity worker hacked details like social security information, addresses, incomes and tax returns chiefly from the National Revenue Agency (NRA) records, npr.org reported on Sunday.

Boykov was arrested in Bulgaria's capital Sofia last week. Police raided his home and seized computers and mobile devices with encrypted information.

In the latest hacking, nearly every working person in Bulgaria was affected.

Initially charged with a cybercrime against critical government infrastructure, Boykov was later handed over a lesser charge of crime against information systems.

If guilty, he could still be sent to jail for three years.

"Boykov has always been ethically, professionally been loyal to his work commitments, including our clients and the entire team," the company said in a statement.

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