Personal data on the street by huge datalek municipality of Almelo

Personal data on the street by huge datalek municipality of Almelo

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Hackers have for 20 gigabytes of data stolen from the servers of the municipality of Almelo. Although it is not known exactly what data exactly are leaked, it is virtually certain that there will also be personal data on the street.

The hackers have access to the systems of Workplace Twente, a collaboration between the UWV and the Dutch municipalities that people with a benefit or handicap to work trying to help.

The leak was reported to the city council, and privacy watch dog Authority Personal data, reports Pensions. Who is behind the leak is, or why it is broken is unclear.

It is also unclear how long the system leak was. The hack was discovered by accident; the traffic is in the municipality of Almelo is not structurally monitored. In cooperation with the Informatiebeveiligingsdienst of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG), must be determined exactly what happened.

Councillor Javier Cornelissen called the leak “horrible”, but does not exclude that it is too late to find out how it is broken, or by whom.


Municipalities come in the past months, time and time again compromised by data breaches or carelessness with sensitive information. Last week was known that 140.000 personal data from residents of Utrecht, were to be seen by more officials than actually was intended.

Earlier this year licked thousands of personal information of residents of Rotterdam and Oegstgeest by a datalek. The Authority for Personal data drew this year to the call; municipalities are in accordance with the privacy watch dog is not well aware of the privacy rules.

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