Bulgarian cyber security worker is held on inland revenue hack attack

People were walking out by the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency building in the center of Sofia, Bulgaria, on 16 July 2019. REUTERS/Dimitar Kyosemarliev

SOFIA (Reuters) – A 20-year-old Bulgarian’s cyber security an employee has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a hack attack that stole millions of taxpayers ‘ personal and financial information, interior ministry officials said on Wednesday.

The man, who works for a company that protects THE system from interference, it was held on Tuesday afternoon, police chief, cybersecurity, Yavor Kolev says.

The Minister of finance, Vladislav Goranov, and apologized to the nation on Tuesday for the attack on the servers of the tax and customs administration (NRA), which the researcher said may have offended nearly every person of working age with personal records.

Kolev said the investigations were still at an early stage, and police are still looking into the possibility that others were involved.

The officers seized the laptop and other devices from the suspect’s office and home in the centre of Sofia, and it is found from the encoded data, Kolev added.

“We have a suspect and is arrested. His job was to make the testing of computer systems and networks for possible vulnerabilities to attacks, to prevent it,” Kolev told the bTV television.

The attack on the irs, it happened at the end of June, and infected approximately 3% of the database, officials have said. A person who claims to be a Russian hacker’s e-mail to the local media on Monday, and has access to the stolen data.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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