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Population Registry Hacked, Suspect Arrested

DATA LOSS—ISRAEL

October 25, 2011

A gag order was released on Monday allowing investigators from the Justice Ministry's Law, Technology and Information Authority to reveal details on a 2006 hack of Israel's population registry database, which eventually led to the exposure of around 9 million citizens' personal information on the Internet, reports Haaretz. Investigators have arrested a former contract worker at the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, Shalom Bilik, for the theft. Bilik had access to the database through his work. The database included identity, immigration and familial data. "This should cause every database administrator and every citizen to lose sleep," said Yoram Hacohen, the head of the information authority.  
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