Russian government sites leak passport and personal data for 2.25 million users

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Multiple Russian government sites have leaked the personal and passport information of over 2.25 million citizens, government employees, and high-ranking politicians.

Ivan Begtin, co-founder of Informational Culture, a Russian NGO, has discovered and documented the leaks.

In a three-part blog post series, Begtin said he investigated government online certification centers, 50 government portals, and an e-bidding platform used by government agencies.

He said he found 23 sites leaking individual insurance account number (SNILS; Russia’s equivalent for a Social Security number) and 14 sites leaking passport information.

In total, the data of more than 2.25 million Russian citizens was available online, available for anyone to download, Begtin said.

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