Bekir Ağırdır, the general manager of Istanbul-based KONDA Research and Consultancy, said Monday that roughly 54 million Turkish citizens – roughly 70 percent of the population in Turkey – may have had personal information compromised by Russian hackers, according to a report.
The information included names, addresses and citizen ID numbers. Political parties and election committees in Turkey share voter information and in some cases the information was uploaded to vulnerable party websites that were not protected by anti-virus.
“In two hours hackers downloaded all the information,” Ağırdır was reported as saying. The incident comes at a bad time, according to the report, which points out that public and private sectors in Turkey are feeling the heat for failing to protect personal data.