From: Exit Staff
Second Leak Containing Thousands of Albanians’ Personal Data Circulating Online

A second document suspected of containing the April 2021 salaries and phone numbers of hundreds of thousands of Albanian citizens and foreign residents is circulating on social media.

Yesterday, Albanian Prosecutors confirmed they are investigating the leak of an Excel file that contains the sensitive data of more than 630,000 Albanians.

The file leaked yesterday contains the names, ID numbers, January salaries, positions, and employer names for hundreds of thousands of people. It is believed to have originated from the offices of the Social Insurance Institute of Albania.

According to Euronews Albania, a second file is circulating online, mainly through WhatsApp. This one contains the April 2021 salaries of thousands of Albanian citizens and foreign residents, as well as their phone numbers.

Prime Minister Edi Rama apologized to Albanians for this breach of their security and called on prosecutors to continue investigations. He denied there was any evidence of a cybersecurity breach.

This is the third time this year that Albanians have suffered a sensitive data leak. In April 2021, the data of some 910,000 Albanians were leaked to the public domain. This data was allegedly taken from the Civil Registry and provided to the Socialist Party for use in the electoral campaign.