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    Finland Security Breach Leaks 16,000 Personal Records

    Nov 16, 2011
    A data breach on a file-sharing website in Finland leaked the Social Security numbers, home addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of more than 16,000 Finland citizens. According to an article on YLE.fi, Finland’s communications watchdog, Ficora, has stated that people whose data was leaked should not try to solve the problem on their own and should wait for the responsible party to contact them.

    A data breach on a file-sharing website in Finland leaked the Social Security numbers, home addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of more than 16,000 Finland citizens. According to an article on YLE.fi, Finland’s communications watchdog, Ficora, has stated that people whose data was leaked should not try to solve the problem on their own and should wait for the responsible party to contact them.

    According to the article, the leaked data may have originated from adult education organizations, and several copies of the leaked files are now circulating on the Internet. Ficora has not released the names of the organizations yet, but two groups have said their membership lists were involved in the breach: the Suomen Opiskelija-Allianssi OSKU (the Finnish Student Alliance) and Työtehoseura (TTS).

     

    The National Bureau of Investigation has launched a criminal investigation into the leak and is expected to announce its findings as soon as it is complete. The article noted that Ficora is warning about sites that are now claiming to offer a service for people to check to see if their personal information has been compromised. Ficora says this is a scam by online predators to steal more valuable information.

    “Never type your social security number into a service that offers to reference your information,” says Ficora’s head of networks and security, Erka Koivunen. Data security expert Mikko Hyppönen also stated that he suspects that careless handling of information could lie behind the data breach.

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