The entire country of Israel the victim of a data breach

Although this particular breach actually happened quite a while ago (back in 2006) and information about it has just been released to the press, it looks like the country of Israel has suffered a fairly big data breach – one that exposed the personal information of 9 million Israelis. For a country with a population of about 7.5 million, that's a lot of data to be exposed.

Here's how the Yeshiva World News described the breach:

A major break has been announced as Justice Ministry officials have been investigating an unprecedented breach in the nation’s population database registry in 2006. The information was made available via the internet in many cases, including one’s name, identification number, date of birth and family relations, a database including over 9 million names, including deceased family members. Sensitive information pertaining to adoptions and natural parents as well as kuppot cholim (HMOs) were also contained in the database.

It will be interesting to see what the fallout from this breach is going to be. It's probably not going to be nice.

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