Hackers stole millions of Bulgarians’ personal and financial data and spread it from a Russian-based email in an attack one minister linked to the purchase of new F-16 fighter jets from the United States, as the government said on Tuesday. This was reported by the Reuters agency.
The hackers accessed a system at Bulgaria’s tax agency before sending an email from a Russian domain to some local media on Monday with links to data, officials said.
Special anti-cyber crime teams were investigating the attack at the National Revenue Agency (NRA), which probably came from abroad and began at the end of June, they added.
“Maybe this is the first case in Bulgaria which is successful and a lot of personal data has been stolen,” Interior Minister Mladen Marinov told local bTV channel.
The cyber attack was likely motivated, he said, by Bulgaria’s move to buy eight new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters for $1.256 billion from the United States, its biggest military purchase since the end of communism.
Earlier, former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the Central Election Commission of Ukraine had suffered the cyber attack from Russia on February 24,25. It was reported that Russia intended to involve all present arsenal, including the cyber means, to influence the presidential elections in Ukraine.