Two charged with terrorism over Bulgaria’s biggest data breach

epa03696464 Members of the Bulgarian special police forces stand guard in front of a warehouse belonging to the printing company Multi Print in Kostinbrod, Bulgaria, 11 May 2013. According to media reports, 350,000 illegal ballot papers were found at the warehouse, ahead of Bulgaria's parliamentary election on 12 May. The election was moved forward from July after conservative prime minister Boyko Borissov resigned in February. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

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Prosecutors have charged two workers at a cybersecurity company with terrorism as part of an investigation into Bulgaria’s biggest-ever data breach, a lawyer for the defendants said on Wednesday.

Georgi Yankov, a manager at the company Tad Group, has been charged and released from custody.

Earlier charges of crime against information systems against Kristian Boykov, a 20-year-old cybersecurity worker at the same company, have been changed to terrorism, he added.

On Tuesday, police raided the offices of Tad Group, seizing computers and detaining a manager over last month’s cyber-attack on the tax agency, in which nearly every Bulgarian adult’s personal data and financial records were compromised.

Boykov was conditionally released from custody last Wednesday but banned from leaving the country.

Prosecutors have said they believe Boykov did not act alone and were looking for others in connection with the attack.

Prosecutors believe Boykov was behind an email sent from someone purporting to be a Russian hacker who was offering stolen tax agency files to local media. They do not currently believe the attack came from abroad.



Via Reuters


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