BREAKING NEWS – Over 1M records from Philippine law enforcement agencies leaked in a massive data breach
A massive data breach has compromised over 1.2 million records from Philippine law enforcement agencies, including sensitive employee information, according to cybersecurity research firm VPNMentor. The breach exposed 817.54 GB of data from the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Special Action Force, putting millions of Filipinos’ personal information at risk. The exposed records include fingerprint scans, birth certificates, tax identification numbers, tax filing records, academic transcripts, passport copies, and internal law enforcement directives.
Cybersecurity researcher Jeremiah Fowler reported that the breached government documents were stored in an unsecured, non-password-protected database accessible to anyone with an internet connection. While no attacks have occurred, Fowler emphasized the potential risks of identity theft, phishing attacks, and other malicious activities for those affected, as well as the possibility of national security concerns and targeting of law enforcement officers for blackmail. The exposed database was left vulnerable for at least six weeks, and Fowler recommended a full forensic audit to understand the extent and impact of the breach.