Russian IT experts have described the growth of information leaks from government agencies

In 2016 at public institutions accounted for 18,1% of all information leaks in the world and is an indicator of the last three years is constantly growing. Incidents are generally caused by negligence of employees, experts say InfoWatch

The share of information leaks from state bodies and agencies over the last three years has increased from 15.7% to 18.1%, according to a survey of analysts of the company GK InfoWatch.

According to experts, often the perpetrators of such incidents are called “Russian hackers” (as a collective image of cyber criminals) that do not correspond to reality. “Links on hackers only cover well-known problems with information security in public institutions, — state in InfoWatch.

For example, despite the ban on the use of free e-mail services, the employees of such organization of its use, because it is easier. “The government officials invent a system of aliases that call each other false names, come up with allegorical names for projects. And all this is because the use of secure email is inconvenient, analysts say. The same can be said about public clouds, which are allegedly banned, but in fact, as a rule, are very popular among employees of state institutions”.

The main factor leading to accidental leaks is human error. This is especially true of public institutions: in most cases, the official dealing with information that does not constitute for him a special value, experts say. “For example, personal information of citizens leakage of this information will affect the reputation of the authority, will not lead to financial losses. Even the leak of a state secret, if is not clear the specific culprit for the Agency as a whole does not entail any consequences. Hence the appropriate attitude to information,” experts explain InfoWatch.

In this regard, in General, continue to experts, and develops a calm attitude multimillion-dollar leaks from the government — until then, until the leak not blaming “Russian hackers”.

“In such circumstances, the attack on the government facility will not only be an act of “hacktivism”, but also as a way to capitalise on the stolen data,” they say.

Non-state approach

InfoWatch analysts also considered the largest leak of data from public authorities, which occurred under the influence of external attacks. So, from the servers of the Turkish Ministry of interior, the cadastral Agency, the Department of revenue, Ministry of justice and health were stolen personal data of about 50 million people in the country. Later it turned out that information was stored with violation of safety requirements.

Attack on the infrastructure, the Personnel management of the U.S. government led to complementaly data 18 million American civil servants. The incident was recognized as the largest leak in history American government agencies.

In India hacked official website of the local regulator of cellular communication, which led to the publication of more than 1 million users.

For the last time in the world was recorded several cases of attacks on state institutions. In December 2016, unknown tried to break into the computer network of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Poland. In January 2017 the cyber attacks occurred in Thailand, where they were hacked servers of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and other government organizations. As a result, the network has information about several thousand civil servants, including their numbers, Bank accounts, email addresses and passwords.

In late January, a leak occurred in the Czech Republic, where it has been compromised e-mail a dozen employees of the Ministry of foreign Affairs, including Minister of foreign Affairs of Lubomir Zaoralek.

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