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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 08:50 PM

Brazilian federal police investigates presidential data leak

Private information relating to Jair Bolsonaro and several ministers had been exposed and details of over 200,000 public servants obtained.

By Angelica Mari for Brazil Tech | June 26, 2020 -- 23:38 GMT (16:38 PDT) |

The Brazilian federal police reported advances around an investigation into a cybercrime organization supposedly responsible for exposing personal details of senior government officials including president Jair Bolsonaro.

The investigation follows a leak earlier this month, claimed by hacker group Anonymous Brazil, involving personal information relating to Bolsonaro, his sons and supporters, as well as various ministers.

Information including supposed assets owned by the individuals involved was posted on Twitter, on a profile that was soon deleted by the social network. At the time, Bolsonaro condemned the attack, on the same platform, saying the leak was an "intimidation measure" by the hacktivists.

Some 20 federal police investigators executed search warrants at the homes of the suspects, which include three teenagers based in cities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Ceará.

As well as leaking the information online, the investigation has found the group obtained data of over 200,000 members of the military as well as government officials, allegedly with the aim of "intimidating and embarrassing the individuals and institutions involved".


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