The entire Turkish citizenship database has allegedly been hacked and leaked online.
A website with purportedly leaked details of 49,611,709 Turkish citizens is online and allegedly gives the following details of each citizen — including the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:
- National Identifier (TC Kimlik No)
- First Name
- Last Name
- Mother’s First Name
- Father’s First Name
- City of Birth
- Date of Birth
- ID Registration City and District
- Full Address
At the bottom of the page if gives people the option to download 6.6GB worth of uncompressed files. Business Insider did not download or verify the data linked to on the site. The Register also reported on the leak but it is unclear whether it downloaded the Bit Torrent file.
The apparent hack seems to be politically motivated. The website reads: “Who would have imagined that backwards ideologies, cronyism and rising religious extremism in Turkey would lead to a crumbling and vulnerable technical infrastructure?”
The text on the site also includes a warning against US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump:
The site also purports to publish the personal details of Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a preview of the data.
Keen observers point out on Twitter that this could be one of the biggest data leaks of its kind in history — if it is true:
However, others claim the leak does have correct information — but is just a decrypted version of data that was leaked over a couple of months ago.