Researchers at Lucy Security recently discovered that a Russian hacker named m1x breached a Mexican government web portal and three days later once the government refused to pay a ransom, publicly-released some 14,000 Mexican taxpayer ID numbers.
Colin Bastable, CEO of Lucy Security, said the researchers discovered the case on a hacking forum on the dark web Sunday, June 7. The hacker first announced that he was waiting for payment Sunday morning, but the Puebla staff did not know how to pay in bitcoin and the two parties could not reach an agreement fast enough. So on Wednesday of this week, m1x leaked 100 gigabytes of Mexican government data on a public cloud service.
“There appears to be a trove of credentials in the data,” Bastable said, who added that the taxpayer ID numbers included home addresses and phone numbers. The hacker also released an undetermined number of police records.
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