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12 May 2008, 11:15

Multiple Chilean government and utilties servers breached

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Chilean newspaper El Mercurio reports that numerous government and utilties databases were breached on Friday morning by an undisclosed attacker. Servers managed by Directorate of National Mobilization (DGMN), the Electoral Service (SERVEL), the ministry of education (Mineduc) and telephone companies were affected among others. Personal details of six million citizens, including identity card numbers, addresses and phone numbers, e-mail addresses and education histories, were apparently published on the internet.

Jose Ignacio Stark, one of the administrators of the blog told El Mercurio "The information appeared at about 1:30 in the morning on Saturday in a commentary and two topics of the FireWire forums…" The exposed data were immediately taken down by the blog administrators, but Stark pointed out that the Google cache still allowed wide access to the data. Although the attacker has not been named, it has been suggested that the attack was intended to highlight the lack of security of government IT systems.

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